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By RS Assessment from Hodder Education
10 Jul

As you start preparations for the new school year, this term is unlike any other. Schools are being advised to spend their £650m additional catch-up package on summer programmes and longer school days, as well as tuition under the new national tutoring programme. With a slew of changing advice coming from the government and education experts, the team at RS Assessment thought it would be helpful to tell you about what we already have - and best of all, it’s free!

How do secondary schools plan on measuring student understanding in September?
By RS Assessment from Hodder Education
17 Jun

As schools begin to reopen and plans for the new academic year are put in place, teachers and assessment experts share their thoughts on how and why they’ll be using Access Mathematics Tests (AMT) and Access Reading Tests (ART) to measure students’ understanding after a long period of remote learning and the cancellation of SATs.

Everything you need to know about standardised tests
By RS Assessment from Hodder Education
07 May

A standardised assessment is any form of test that requires all test takers to answer the same questions in the same way and is then scored in a ‘standard’ or consistent manner. This makes it possible to compare the relative performance of individual students or groups of students. The term is primarily associated with large-scale tests administered to large populations of students.

3 ways to reduce unnecessary workload with standardised tests
By Katie Blainey
03 Feb

RS Assessment Publishing Director, Katie Blainey, explores teacher workload and how using standardised tests can help save heaps of valuable time.

Baselining and screening a new Year 7 cohort: how AMT and ART can help
By RS Assessment from Hodder Education
21 Sep

At the start of every new academic year, many schools will be thinking about how to assess their new intake of students from feeder primaries. Of course 2020/21 will be very different, with many students arriving after an extended period of remote learning and no SATs results for teachers to review, which means that there will be many teachers looking for diagnostic information to get their new and returning students off to the best possible start.

Access Reading Tests and Access Mathematics Tests are firm favourites amongst RS Assessment from Hodder Education customers and have grown in popularity in recent years. The tests are wide-ranging, so suitable for a variety of students with diverse prior achievements, and can be quickly administered to a whole cohort to gauge existing knowledge and skills in Reading and Mathematics.