KS3 Computing Baseline update

baselineThanks to the 1500 students who trialled the KS3 Computing Baseline Beta last year, and the teachers who very thoughtfully filled out the survey about it, I have been able to produce a new version that is both thorough and practical.

Here’s what is in it:

Disapplying National Curriculum levels: the official Yacapaca response

Yacapaca delivers criterion-referenced assessments. This makes it very useful for doing things like predicting exam grades, because exams are based on tightly-standardised criteria. A Grade C is the same in Barnsley as it is in Basingstoke. At the upper secondary stage (KS4 in England) we have been able to support a wide spectrum of qualifications, and given teachers a reliable tool with which to measure progression.

The English National Curriculum levels have allowed us to do the same at Key Stage 3. The levels are sufficiently well defined that we have been able to Continue reading