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    Default When does assessment finish up for the year?

    Quick question - when does assessment generally finish up for the year in primary school? I have a few teacher friends who are all finishing report writing at the moment so I'm figuring assessment must be almost all done for the year.

    I'd ask DDs teacher but she's not at all approachable and won't let parents in the classroom at the start/end of the day.

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    I know last week DS1 came home with a VERY intricate colouring in and had also mentioned that they were watching tv programmes a bit more again...so I made the comment that it must be report time again for his teacher as this is what happened last semester when she was doing the testing also. He said yes, lots of testing that she is hoping to finish up this week but people have been away.

    Everyone is different I know but I didn't pop on the tv or give the kids 'free play' or colouring in to do whilst I did reports at school or testing for reports as I assessed regularly throughout the year. This way I also could tell if children were struggling with anything. If I had extra testing to do I did it at lunch time if I didn't have a duty, during RFF time or there was about a 20minute window on a Friday afternoon whilst the students were completing activities that I'd had sorted previously. This time was generally used for anything needing assessing/chasing, reading benchmarking, reporting spelling marks to parents that wanted to know and informing parents who was receiving merit awards on the Monday in case they wanted to attend assembly.


    My DH is secondary and the tests haven't started yet for junior classes. It's a tight turn-around once the tests are done to get them marked and reports pumped out.

    Where I used to work (if a 9 week term) I used to finish off finalising marks by week 5, have comments written by end of week 6, reports then were due to go to supervisors, returned and amendments made by end week 7, then passed onto the Principal for signing week 8, handed out week 9.

    It used to take a good hour to complete each report. That didn't include assessment, marking and finalising grades.
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    Thank you for such a comprehensive answer!

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    My DDs are in year 2 and 4. They have been doing lots and lots of testing in the last week or so. I would think it would be soon. Also DD10 teacher is going on annual leave at the end of week 7 and I know she needed to have it all done prior to going away.

    Hope that helps.

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    I think public schools have a 10 or 11 week term this year though so it is a little longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissMuppet View Post
    Thank you for such a comprehensive answer!
    Sorry...turned into a half-vent. DS has only learnt one thing at school this year!

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    DD who is in year 4 told me they have now finished all their assessments for the year as of today

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