“Adaptive Comparative Judgement provides a valid way of assessing writing and open-ended tasks that improves professional agreement, removes criteria interpretation, teacher bias and crucially improves reliability. This talk documents a cross-school research project designed to test how ACJ can be used to moderate and benchmark writing across a local authority or MAT. The session will explore: • Why rubrics can often give a false impression of writing ‘ability’ • How teachers assessing writing from schools other than their own can lead to a pragmatic professional consensus of what writing truly looks like. • How anonymously benchmarking writing against other schools leads to teachers using their professional judgements & increases dialogue. ”
Steve is currently the Head Teacher at Church Cowley St James Primary in Oxford, UK a position he’s held since 2012. As a teacher he worked in classes from Nursery – KS4 and finally settled in Primary 13 years ago. Last year, after visiting ResearchEd in Haninge (his first ResearchEd conference) he helped to develop and then ran a pilot scheme of using Adaptive Comparative Judgement (ACJ) to moderate writing across a local authority. On the back of the successful trials Steve set up www.assessprogress.com to offer ACJ assessment for schools.