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St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School

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Assessment - Standardised

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From February 2019 we will be piloting a termly standardised assessment for Years 3 to 6 in Maths and Reading.  If rolled out fully, the tests will be taken electronically in the last week of each term using our Google Chromebooks.

There are two tests,

  • Progress in Reading Assessment (PIRA)
  • Progress in Understanding Mathematics (PUMA)

The test will be available for all children who are working within the ability level permitted by the test.  Some children, who may be working more than one year below the average level of the cohort, may not be able to access the tests and will not be entered, usual teacher assessment will be used.

What diagnostic information do the tests provide?|

The PiRA and PUMA results can be converted to provide a full diagnostic profile for your child.  The profile provides:

  • A standardised score
    This allows you to immediately see whether your child is above or below the national average for their year.
  • An age-standardised score
    This allows you to see how your child is doing against other pupils of the same age.
  • Performance indicators for PiRA and PUMA
    These show if your child is meeting performance expectations for their year (working towards, working at, or working at greater depth).
  • A reading age and maths age.
    These allow you to get a quick measure of progress against the age your child's performance is typical of.
  • A Hodder Scale score
    This is an independent measure of progress throughout primary that allows fine monitoring of your child's progress and the prediction of future performance.

We will share your child's test results with you through the Pupil Asset App, usually within a few days of your child sitting the test.

The tests are taken at the end of each term in years 3-6.  They help the school staff and the Governing Body to:

  • Support or challenge current teacher assessments
    Our teachers regularly assess against the learning descriptors of the National Curriculum.  These assessments will further support teacher assessments and may at times challenge assessments and prompt further analysis and discussion by showing that a child can/cannot succeed in an area. 
  • See which pupils are working above or below age expectations
    We can compare performance against national averages and use this to inform intervention strategies or work on deeper understanding
  • Identify patterns of strengths and weakness
    We can highlight skills in which pupils are secure and confident and flag areas where they may need more support
  • Pinpoint areas for further teaching or intervention
    We can assess performance on specific questions or strands (individually or across the class) and use this to refine target setting and inform planning
  • Demonstrate value added
    We can show where pupils are making progress, regardless of their starting point and monitor the impact of interventions or Pupil Premium funding
  • Check if children are maintaining progress
    We can compare actual scores with those predicted, to see if children are continuing to perform at expected levels on a termly basis. Quickly identify if any pupils are falling behind and in which parts of the curriculum

Hodder, who produce and administer the online tests for us, produce a booklet on standardised assessment for teachers, we have included it below as parents may find it a useful guide.  It includes:

  • what a standardised test is and why schools might use them
  • how standardised tests are developed and how they work
  • what information a standardised test can give you

The costs of the test are met from the school budget.