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Guidance: Reception baseline assessment validity report

Standards Testing Agency

February 24
11:13 2021

Reception baseline assessment validity report

Details

Any reference to the reception baseline assessment becoming statutory from 2020 in these documents is now inaccurate. Statutory introduction of the reception baseline assessment has been postponed to autumn 2021.

The reception baseline assessment (RBA) will provide the basis for a new way of measuring the progress primary schools make with their pupils. Unlike the current progress measure, this will give schools credit for the important work they do with their pupils between reception and year 2.

Following a successful pilot, the assessment will become statutory for all state-funded schools from September 2020. The validity report provides the evidence gathered throughout every stage of development and helps those with an interest in assessment to understand the validity argument that supports the RBA.

Further information

The RBA information page provides more details about the assessment and how it will work in practice.

Published 26 February 2020
Last updated 24 February 2021 +show all updates
  1. Updated to note any reference to the reception baseline assessment becoming statutory from 2020 in these documents is now inaccurate. Statutory introduction of the reception baseline assessment has been postponed to autumn 2021.

  2. First published.

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