National Middle Schools
Forum are pleased to announce a new partnership
with GL Assessment
of steering committee have confirmed an agreement to work closely with GL
Assessment as we move into a new era for assessment and inspection.
considering possible assessment solutions for our members we have had the
following criteria in mind
A range of tests that cover
both KS2 and KS3 in at least English and Maths in a consistent format.
Tests and reports that enable
middle schools to benchmark their intakes, and the achievement of leavers,
against credible national data, as well as track progress year on year.
Tests which are externally
marked - to remove the question mark over internal assessments with some
Reports which enable schools to
monitor the progress of sub-groups such as pupil premium.........
have concluded that GL Assessment are the only group to clearly meet each of
GL Assessment it will be possible to:
Use the Progress tests in
English and Maths from the Year 4 test on entry to a 9 to 13 middle
school, and then each summer to the Year 8 tests on exit. These tests have
been matched to the new national curriculum.
Schools will have the option of
taking the tests online or using paper and pencil tests returned to GL
Assessment and marked by them. The cost is the same – whether you use the
online tests or the paper and pencil version.
these tests are particularly powerful when combined with the new CAT tests –
producing rich data which can be particularly valuable.
we have suggested two possible middle school packages:
Complete Digital Solution: £15.00 ex VAT per pupil per annum
Please note CDS is digital assessments
only, paper assessments are not included.
This digital solution provides, for a
single price, online access to the progress tests in English, Maths and
Science, the CAT4 Gold tests, and the New Group Reading Test, as well access to
PASS (dyscalculia & Dyslexia Screening) and SWST (Surveys by Kirkland
Rowell for pupils, parents and staff).
This option represents very good value
compared to the cost of buying the progress tests and CAT test separately.
Full details of all the assessments
included in the CDS are available online - please visit: http://www.gl-assessment.co.uk/
2 - Progress Test English, Maths and Science for a combined price of: £10.00 ex
VAT per pupil,
includes marking, Group Report for Teachers, Individual Report for a Teacher
and a Parent Report (paper or digital).
or without the Science:
Test English and Maths cost £8.00 ex vat per pupil on both formats
(includes marking and Reports).
For those not wanting, or having the
facilities for, large scale online testing this second option provides the
essential testing for benchmarking on intake and exit and tracking progress.
details and sample reports are available on the GL Assessment website.
NMSF partnership with GL Assessment
part of our partnership GL Assessment have suggested that they are willing to
speak at any local area meetings of middle school headteachers you may have
organised between now and the end of term. If you have a local heads meeting
and would like a presentation then please contact Mike Boyce directly:
Multi Academy Trusts
There will also be
workshops at our conference in October - run by GL Assessment where the possibilities
they offer can be explored further, together with support for interpreting the
reports the system produces.
envisage that if sufficient members decide to take up this offer it will be
possible to for GL Assessment to provide comparative data from all the middle
schools taking part – in a form yet to be agreed.
NMSF will not be
collecting and analysing data from middle schools for benchmarking next year. The GL Assessment
Progress Tests will provide you with data benchmarked against a large national
ACTION: For the system to
work effectively we hope that schools will use the Year 4 (Age 8) Progress
Tests this Autumn Term.
To take up these
offers please contact GL Assessment directly – contact Shanaaz who will deal
with enquires and orders.
Shanaaz Banks (GL Assessment Project Manager) for any orders or queries on: Shanaaz.firstname.lastname@example.org