Standartised Testing at ISR

ISR uses standardised testing to check the progress of students in English and Mathematics. The tests are supplied by GL Assessment (http://www.gl-education.com/). Students in Grade 2 to 8 are assessed in April/May each year. The data allows ISR to review teaching and learning and provide a general picture of how our students are progressing in comparison with the UK.

The main tests used by ISR are the New Group Reading Test (NGRT) and the Progress in Maths (PIM).

The New Group Reading Test comprises three sections: Phonics, Sentence Completion and Passage Comprehension. The test is adaptive; each student’s performance is assessed as they complete the test. Students enter the test according to their age. All start with the Sentence Completion section. Depending on the score from this part of the test, they will be moved on to the Passage Comprehension section or be given the Phonics tasks. Those who complete the Phonics tasks will not be presented with the Passage Comprehension. The report reflects the different combinations of sections of the test administered (a maximum of two out of three) and test questions within each section completed by each student.

Progress in Maths (PiM) tests a pupil’s mathematical skills and concepts. The group test highlights pupils’ strengths and weaknesses helping teachers and SENCOs to address areas of concern and build upon what pupils already know, in order to increase their understanding. The results allow ISR to:

  • Monitor progress by testing pupils annually
  • Identify current attainment of mathematical skills and concepts
  • Set targets based on the overview of pupils’ mathematical strengths and weaknesses
  • Measure the effectiveness of intervention strategies
  • Benchmark pupils on entry to school

Each year ISR provides an overview of the combined results for parents. This provides a general overview of how ISR compares to the UK. The Stanine places the student's score on a scale of 1 (low) to 9 (high) and offers a broad overview of their performance.