Personalised assessments: information for parents and carers

Due to disruption caused by COVID-19, the requirement for schools to run personalised assessments is on a ‘reasonable endeavours’ basis. This means that schools will make their best efforts to run assessments where practical circumstances permit and taking the well-being of their learners into account.

Numeracy (Procedural) and Reading are available for schools to use at any time to support learners to make progress.

Schools will consider the most appropriate timing and methods for sharing information on learners’ reading and numeracy skills, including the feedback from personalised assessments. For example, schools may decide to wait until the autumn term to discuss how your child is progressing based on feedback from one or more assessments and their observations of their learning.

Please note that although schools already have access to progress reports for Numeracy (Procedural), the progress reports for Reading will not be available until the 2021 to 2022 school year.

  • Personalised assessments are adaptive, meaning that questions are selected based on the responses to previous questions. This provides a tailored assessment experience for each learner and will help all learners develop their skills through understanding what they can do, the things they need to work on, and their next steps.
  • The assessments provide schools with information on the skills of individual learners and whole classes.
  • There is no ‘test window’ for personalised assessments; timing is at the school’s discretion.
  • Learners can take the personalised assessments in small or large groups, depending on the schools’ preferences and facilities, and schools do not need a large number of devices
  • Learners are required to take the assessment once during the academic year. Schools also have the option to use the assessment once more during the academic year.