The government’s intention was to assess primary school pupils at the beginning of the Reception year so as to provide a baseline for judging progress between Reception and the end of Year 6. There are four approved methods for carrying out the reception baseline assessment, provided by separate suppliers. For the 2016 to 2017 academic year these are:
- Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, Durham University (CEM)
- Early Excellence
- GL Assessment
- National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)
However, for reasons not yet clear to me it turns out that the four methods do not produce comparable results. Hence the baseline assessment cannot be used to compare schools and hold them to account for the progress of their pupils. For the time being that will continue to be based on progress from the end of Year 2 to the end of Year 6.