Personalised assessments: information for parents and carers

Numeracy (Procedural) and Reading personalised assessments are available throughout the year for schools to use to support learners to make progress.

After learners have completed these assessments, schools have access to feedback on learners’ skills, progress and age-standardised scores to help plan teaching and learning.

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 later in the school year to discuss how your child is progressing based on feedback from one or more assessments and their observations of their learning.

Numeracy (Reasoning) personalised assessments are not yet available to schools and will go live for the first time during the 2021 to 2022 academic 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.