ACE Assessment is a system where points are allocated against set criteria in reading, writing and maths dependent on whether a child has achieved or not achieved the expected standard in that criteria. The criteria have been developed by taking the national curriculum objectives for each of these subjects and breaking them down into small steps of learning for each year group. The points are awarded as follows:
0=no evidence/child cannot do
1=child can achieve this with support from adult, scaffolding, another child
2=needs some support, may achieve with some error
3=confident and independent
These points are then collated at the end of each term and provide a raw score for each of the subjects.
Progress through the year is measured to ensure that children are moving forward at an appropriate pace for their age and ability to be able to reach the ‘age related expectation’. If children are struggling, then interventions would be put in place to address specific issues.
If your child has been recognised as having a specific learning difficulty, they may be working on criteria a year or two below their peers.
Variations in Progress
Children have phases of progress when they move ahead rapidly and times when they are consolidating their position gathering skills and knowledge ready for the next move forward.
Pupils also progress differently through the recognised phases of child development with some reaching a point of maturity that can really help their learning before others. This is especially true of the younger years but is quite marked around Year 3 and 4.
Life experience and emotional issues also play a big role in a child’s academic progress. It can sometimes be difficult for some children to develop the necessary resilience to make good progress.
We always re-iterate, if you have any concerns about your child and their progress, please discuss with the class teacher.