One of the main advantages of digital assessment is that it’s instant. The reports are available straight away...That’s been really powerful – we have been able to act on information immediately.Ryan Hibbard, Assistant Headteacher for Assessment and Curriculum, St Bede’s Voluntary Academy
Transition between primary and secondary can be a difficult time for children. Where they struggle to assimilate and are not given the right support, it can have a knock-on effect into Year 8 and even beyond.
Your own reliable benchmark
The Transition Assessment Package (TAP) allows you to create a comprehensive profile of every pupil as they enter into Year 7, looking at their ability, attainment and any learning barriers they may have - and monitor the progress they make through KS3.
The package includes:
Using CAT4 you can understand your pupils’ developed abilities and likely academic potential with a comprehensive picture of strengths, weaknesses and learning preferences. By testing each pupil with CAT4 upon entry you establish a robust ‘baseline’ for performance on entry, from which you can set targets and track progress.
Using PASS on Transition helps you to identify any underlying learning barriers that may explain discrepancies between ability and attainment results.
The importance of data
Combined with teacher judgement, data can provide valuable insight into pupils’ learning profile, supporting teaching and intervention strategies and providing evidence for inspection bodies. The Transition Assessment Package has been shown to dramatically improve outcomes for learners in the years following transition.
The reports within Progress Test in English (PTE) and Progress Test in Maths (PTM) feature new indicators showing what a student could achieve in their English language and maths GCSEs based on scores from PTE and PTM.
The Standard Age Score
Comparing pupils by Standard Age Score (SAS) is one of the fairest and most accurate ways of benchmarking and monitoring their progress, enabling comparison within a year group, across year groups and against the national standard.
It also enables scores from more than one test to be compared meaningfully – providing you with an easy way of comparing attitude, ability and attainment.
Intuitive Education Consultants, establishes and manages successful international schools across the Middle East. An essential part of their work is establishing standards that will deliver excellence, and they are achieving this goal by creating a common framework for assessment.
Using the Cognitive Abilities Test: Fourth Edition (CAT4), Ashoka Universal School has developed a more personalised approach to teaching and learning, ensuring their students make excellent all-round progress.
Identifying students entitled to additional access arrangements in their exams, and supporting applications
The innovative Nagoya International School, which follows the IB curriculum, is embracing its own philosophy of critical and creative thinking by using CAT4 and PASS to get a holistic view of their students