Statement on baseline assessment

01 February 2015

Six providers of the reception baseline assessment have been approved by the Department for Education. However, there are some questions around the usefulness of a baseline assessment in mathematics, whether at Key Stage 1 or reception.

Some the issues that have been highlighted are as follows: very young children will be assessed but scores will not take account of whether children are born in the summer; Children will have varied pre-school backgrounds, in terms of cultures, experience of settings and knowledge of English; Schools will have an undesirable incentive to depress scores in order to increase measured progress, especially if this means attaining extra funding; What is considered key or informative in testing may also vary across schools.