Moderation of Primary Writing in Years 2 and 6 has become a minefield of interpretation of the criteria or frameworks, task administration, and descriptor boundaries uncertainty. Then there's the issue with no set standard in Years 1, 3, 4 or 5.
How can teachers possibly say how well children in those schools perform compared to other children in different schools, and to what certainty can schools report the same?
Even with several supportive moderation events, the differences between teacher judgements within the school can sometimes be as vast as those across different schools.
Getting everyone together from those schools is equally problematic, and the work that schools bring is often carefully selected. The issues with getting people together and the recent pandemic have taught us that traditional moderation is not possible on a large scale.
Teachers need to see writing from a broad ability range of children over a large geographic area to develop their sense of 'what a good one looks like' (WAGOL) to develop and move their children on.
'Moderation of Primary Writing' through AssessProgress is online. We're the only Comparative Judgement engine where you only judge work from schools other than your school - it's much better that way.
It's quick, easy and our cloud is accessible from anywhere.
To support teachers further, at the end of each judging session, AssessProgress hold a community 'Teams' meeting for all judges where you can share ideas and thoughts with other teachers from other schools - improving collaborative learning further.
Alternatively, spend 30 minutes in school discussing what you've seen, setting targets and looking at the very best writing in that year group. Again, your teachers and children will benefit more than they would be moderating piles and piles of books.
You can demo the software for free in your school by registering here - once you're convinced this is the way to go for you and your school join AssessProgress to maximise your moderation opportunities.