Assessing Pupils' Progress (APP): Science

Publication date:
Jan 2009
Deputy headteacher, Head of school department, Headteacher, Subject leader, Teacher
Assessing Pupils' Progress (APP), Assessment, Initial teacher training (ITT), Subject specific guidance
Key document, Key resource


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What is Assessing Pupils’ Progress (APP)?

APP is a structured approach to pupil assessment in Key Stage 3 to support teachers with:

  • making judgements about their pupils’ attainment, keyed into national standards
  • developing  and refining their understanding of progression in science
  • gathering diagnostic information about the strengths and areas of development of individual pupils and groups of pupils
  • tracking pupils’ progress over time to inform the planning of teaching
  • planning teaching that is matched to pupils’ needs
  • supporting the transfer of meaningful information at key transitional points, e.g. from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3
  • facilitating the setting of meaningful curricular targets that can be shared with pupils and parents.

Based on the assessment focuses (AFs) that underpin National Curriculum assessment, APP improves the validity and reliability of teachers' assessment. It has proved to be robust, manageable and effective in practice.

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