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Test / Assessment Update

 

As you may be aware, we carry out formal (summative) testing 3-4 times in an academic year. This data is used to see what children have understood and identify areas which need to be readdressed either as a class or individually. It also highlights which children may need further support outside of the normal lessons. So that children are aware of how well they are progressing, we have introduced a target system across Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6). The children are all set personalised targets based on estimated progress between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. This is from an external data company called FFT Aspire. This kind of progress measure is what is used in national league tables. These targets are recorded by the children on a table which is stuck in their reading records or school merit books: it is an end of year target but we hope that they meet it sooner. Children are issued a new target if they meet their current one. It is strongly reinforced regularly that this is a measure of how much progress they are making, not who is the best. It doesn’t matter who scores the highest: the focus is on meeting their own targets. Praise and rewards will be given to the children who meet these. The chance of them being successful is improved by concentrating hard in class, asking questions, doing homework and accessing online learning resources such as ixl.com, TT Rockstars and Studyzone.

 

Once we have recorded all the data from the tests and gone through them with the children, we will be sending the test papers home. It will be really useful if you look through it with them a second time to discuss errors and talk to them about their targets. This could even be asking your child to explain their errors as they will have gone through this already with the class teacher.  

 

The tests have a standardised score on them. This is different to a scaled score which is reported in Year 2 and Year 6 SATs. A standardised score is based on the difficulty of the paper whereas a scaled score is rank order of all the tests completed nationally. For the PiRA / PUMA papers which the children complete in Year 1, 3, 4 and 5, the standardised score system works as follows:

  • Below 80: Working below the standard expected in this year group
  • 80-94: Working towards the expected standard
  • 95-114: Working at age-related expectations
  • 115+: Working at a higher level

 

The most important measure to look at is the raw score / marks awarded for the paper and compare this against their targets. Even if they are not working at age-related expectations, they could still be making fantastic progress based on their Early Years and Key Stage 1 outcomes.

 

We hope by sending the papers home, parents and carers can feel better informed of their progress in school and the standard at which they are expected to achieve. If you have any queries about testing, test results or the progress of your child, please see the office to make an appointment to speak to your child's class teacher in the first instance. 

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