We use GL Assessment Progress Tests to provide detailed information on our pupils’ innate ability and their progress and achievement. The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) is a diagnostic assessment that is designed to help students and their teachers understand how they learn and what their academic potential might be. It assesses how students think in areas that are known to make a difference to learning. The CAT4 score is then used alongside similar tests in Maths and English to monitor progress.
The right assessments are an essential part of a child’s toolkit to learn. We use GL Assessment Progress Tests because they provide detailed information on our students’ attainment. The Progress Test Series supports teachers in identifying current levels of attainment in English and Maths, and helps them monitor progress over time. It can identify those in need of extra help, as well as those who are particularly able.
The easy-to-use assessments provide us with the accurate information we need to support our own judgements and make well-informed decisions about our pupils’ reading skills and their understanding of core subjects. They can also help us to identify pupils achieving above what is predicted by their baseline CAT4 score. We call this value added and it shows us the positive effect our ethos. We like to think of the following formula as a recipe for success
pupil love of learning + parental support x great teaching = high value added
The graph of non-verbal scores below is from the current Year 6. It shows a range of scores but quite naturally our pupils are skewed from a national average to the higher levels. We are mixed ability school, our pupils thrive together in this top half of ability range – still broad enough to have all of the virtues of a range of approaches, and to support an appropriate value added which is related to abilities and interests of individual pupils.