You will receive a written report from your child’s school at the end of the school year. This reportwill give you information on your child’s progress and achievement in school in four key areas:
From first class upwards your child will complete standardised tests in English reading and in Maths.
There are different levels of the tests so, for example, the test your child does in first/second class will relate to your child’s age and the curriculum for that class level.
Below are some files in different languages that will help explain this more.
Remember, these scores reflect how your child did at a certain time on a certain day of the year ! Perhaps the child wasn’t feeling well, had other things on his mind, or just panicked on the day of the test. The scores given by the tests should be used as a guideline only!
What is a standardised test?
A standardised test is used to measure a child’s achievement in English reading and maths compared to other children throughout the country at the same class level or age level. The English reading test gives information about how well your child can understand what he/she has read. This test does not gather information on your child’s written or spoken English. The maths test finds out how well your child can use numbers for different purposes and solve maths problems.
Are standardised tests the same as intelligence tests?
No. Standardised tests are not intelligence tests.
When are standardised tests carried out?
Schools are required to use standardised tests twice during your child’s time at primary school:
How will I know how my child has done on the standardised tests?
Your child’s class teacher will share the test results with you in the end of year school report.
If my child’s score is low, what does this tell me?
A STen score of 1, 2 or 3 suggests that your child may have difficulties in English reading or in maths. One test score by itself does not give a complete picture of your child’s learning in English reading or maths. The teacher might decide to gather more information about your child from other tests, as well as his/her observations in class. You too will have additional information from helping your child with homework, and hearing him/her talking about school work.
If my child’s score is high, what does this tell me?
A high score on the test may suggest that your child is a high achiever in English reading or maths.
As with low scores, one high score is not enough to confirm this. Your child’s teacher will use information from other classroom assessments to understand more clearly how well your child is doing in English reading and maths.
What are standardised tests used for?
Standardised tests are used to
How will I know what the test scores mean?
Your child’s teacher will tell you how your child did in the test using a STen (standard ten) score.
Understanding STen scores
STen scores go from 1 to 10. The table below describes what the different STen scores tell you about your child’s achievement in English reading and maths.
As with other tests your child does in school, his/her result on a standardised test can be affected by how he/she feels on the test day or by worry or excitement about a home or school event.