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Assessment

2017-18: Bulletin 3 (pdf, 431 kb)
Industrial Action: Assessment
Bulletin 2 (pdf, 176 kb)
Ongoing Boycott of New Assessment Arrangements (From January 2016)
Four Union Response: Covering Letter: November 2014 (pdf, 129 kb)
Four Union Response: Letter to Katrina Godfrey
Four Union Response: November 2014 (pdf, 151 kb)
End of Key Stage Assessment Arrangements: Moving Forward in 2014/15
DE Correspondence to Schools re: Assessment: October 2014 (pdf, 1,158 kb)
Letter from John O'Dowd, Education Minister re: End of Key Stage Assessment Arrangements - Moving Forward in 2014/15
Education Minister's Letter - End of Key Stage Assessment Arrangements: Moderation Arrangements (pdf, 525 kb)
INTO Response: October 2013
DE Correspondence To Trade Unions re: Assessment: 8 October 2014 (pdf, 2,024 kb)
Letter from Katrina Godfrey, Deputy Permanent Secretary DE re: End of Key Stage Assessment Arrangements - Moving Forward in 2014/15
Bulletin 4 (pdf, 220 kb)
Assessment Update: September 2014
Sept 2013: GTC Press Release (pdf, 165 kb)
Lessons On Assessment To Be Learned?

Sept 2013: GTC Professional Update - Assessment (pdf, 363 kb)
This first issue of the new GTC(NI) Professional Update leaflet provides a summary of the responses of 500 teachers in 500 schools to their June 2013 survey about the manageability, reliability and usefulness of statutory end of key stage assessment.

Bulletin 6 Boycott of New Assessment Arrangements Vindicated
Tuesday, 17 September 13
The INTO boycott of all aspects of the arrangements for the new end of key stage Cross Curricular Skills asessment in schools continues for the new school year.

Bulletin 5 - Boycott of New Assessment Arrangements
Monday, 10 June 13
From Tuesday 16 April 2013, the Northern Committee of INTO instructed members to boycott all aspects of the arrangements for the new end of key stage Cross Curricular Skills assessment in schools.  This includes the arrangements for reporting levels of progression to parents.

Bulletin 4 - Boycott Of New Assessment Arrangements
Wednesday, 10 April 13
At the Annual INTO Northern Conference in Derry at the beginning of March INTO delegates unanimously passed the following motion:  ‘Conference condemns CCEA and the Department of Education for the introduction of a cross-curricular skills based assessment which is not fit for purpose. Conference calls on the Northern Committee to initiate a boycott of the cross-curricular assessment arrangements until such time as they are teacher-friendly, work-load proofed and fit for purpose, in line with INTO policy. Conference further calls on Northern Committee to boycott the introduction of assessing using ICT until the issues surrounding numeracy and communication have been resolved.’

Bulletin 22 - Update on Assessment
Monday, 19 November 12
Following the recent determined representations made by INTO to CCEA, DE, MLAs and the Education Committee of the Assembly, DE has announced that external moderation of the new CCAs is suspended for 1 year for KS1 & KS2.

Bulletin 21 - CCEA Assessment Levels
Thursday, 25 October 12
In addition to all the other issues already raised in relation to Computer-Based Assessments (CBA) and Cross Curricular Assessment (CCA), INTO members are reporting serious concerns with the levels of the CBA.

Bulletin 20 - Assessment Shambles
Thursday, 25 October 12
The present state of assessment can only be described as a shambles, in which the losers are pupils, their teachers and parents. For that reason, following a recent Northern Committee meeting, INTO is issuing the following advice to our members regarding the operation and outcomes of Computer Based Assessment tests.

Latest INTO Position on Assessment
Tuesday, 23 October 12
Information for members.

2012 Assessment Arrangements
Tuesday, 2 October 12
The following has been sent to all 108 MLAs and forms part of our efforts to address the serious issues arising from the on-going changes to the assessment arrangements.

Bulletin 19 - CCEA Assessment Arrangements
Tuesday, 18 September 12
INTO members and representatives continue to report serious concerns with the management and operation of the new Assessment Arrangements developed by CCEA and imposed upon schools.

Bulletin 14 - New Assessment Arrangements
Tuesday, 11 September 12
CCEA has informed schools that the new arrangements for assessment of the cross-curricular skills of Communication and Using Mathematics at the end of Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 will be in place from September 2012.  Assessment of ICT will follow in 2013.