Assessment to Raise Achievement in Maths

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Learning goals; self & peer assessment; effecting questioning; marking and case studies

About. This QCA guidance document, on the use of Assessment in mathematics teaching, provides information about setting learning goals and sharing them; using effective questioning to assess and further pupils’ learning, and strategies to inform pupils about their progress.

Pedagogical content. This resource explores approaches to assessment(ta) in maths, including the sharing of learning objectives(ta), group work(ta), whole class(ta) assessment, questioning(ta) and more. Four case studies serve as useful discussion prompts to share practice(ta). This .doc version of the QCA's 'Using assessment(ta) to Raise Achievement in Maths' allows schools to select parts of the document that are most relevant to them. (edit)

Resource details
Title Using Assessment to Raise Achievement in Maths
Topic Assessment
Teaching approach
Learning Objectives

The document provides a reference point for the use of assessment in mathematics. Its case studies may offer inspiration for other settings. By the end of the document you should have some clear goals for assessment in maths.

Age of students / grade

Primary,  Higher,  Secondary,  KS1,  KS2,  KS3

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An Open Government Licenced resource from QCA

This resource is part of the QCA resource "Using assessment to raise achievement in mathematics at key stages 1, 2 and 3" which can be downloaded from the IOE Archive The resource is licenced under an Open Government Licence ( This is similar to our Creative Commons licence, however it allows commercial use of resources, and contains statements on ensuring your use of such resources does not imply endorsement of any resultant resource by the Governmental originator. We have, in places, edited these resources to remove references to now obsolete legislation, guidance, or websites or to otherwise adapt them to our purposes.