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.
"The assessment framework should be built into the school curriculum, so that schools can check what pupils have learned and whether they are on track to meet expectations at the end of the key stage, and so that they can report regularly to parents."
“Without a doubt, the elephant in the room is comprehension. If a child can decode to an extent, that develops confidence – but this confidence is easily shattered quite quickly when they enter secondary school.”
Using assessment to proactively plan skill development across all subjects and underpinning skills that are limiting pupils’ attainment at GCSE as early as possible