ACJ involves teachers and / or children comparing two pieces of work side-by-side to establish a Collaborative Professional Consensus (CPC scale) of writing.
In practice, once a writing task has been completed, teachers or admin staff scan in student's work, upload their work to the RM Compare web portal with an agreed file name, sign up to be a judge and then during a judging window, get judging.
It's really that simple!
The criteria for judging the pieces of work may simply be 'Which narrative is better?' or 'Which description develops a better image of the character's look and traits?'. According to the competence being assessed, that work may be a poem, narrative, non–fiction writing or an animated film, work of art, a design portfolio or a speech or music file.
In all benchmarked sessions AssessProgress set the genre, the prompts and the administration guidelines to ensure parity between schools, we send them all in advance of the task.
We offer two judgement sessions for Year 6, and two for Years 1-5 over an academic year (sometimes combined).
See our calendar for more details.
During the judging session, we suggest at least 5 teachers should judge from each school, the more the merrier - we can run sessions with 1 teacher though in a small school.
The judges all Compare those uploaded files in pairs. Each piece of work completed by a child is assessed approximately 20 times by assessors outside of your school (see FAQ).