Our first Assessment Leads graduate

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On Wednesday 21st June, Assessment Academy celebrated the graduation of the first ever Assessment Lead cohort.

Twenty one teachers, including middle and senior leaders, were trained in theories of robust classroom assessment, how to design powerful assessment questions, how to analyse assessment data to improve student learning, and how to lead the future of assessment in school.

Graduates and supporters gathered together at Durham University School of Education to collect their certificates, celebrate and reflect on their journey.

Mark Fox of Biddick Academy spoke to the group about his experiences of Assessment Lead training, followed by Professor Rob Coe from the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring who reflected on his involvement in the design and delivery of the course pilot.

We were also delighted to welcome Tim Oates, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development from Cambridge Assessment who gave a presentation on the future of assessment. The talk focused on the impact of technology – specifically the changes in technology which are likely to effect assessment. Tim highlighted some exciting advancements in technology enhanced assessment tools like comparative judgement, but delivered a sober reminder that no matter how good the technology, high quality and useful assessment is all about content and construct.

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