Personalised assessments: information for parents and carers
Personalised assessments are statutory for learners in Years 2 to 9 in maintained schools in Wales. The assessments for Numeracy (Procedural), Numeracy (Reasoning) and Reading are available throughout the year for schools to use to support learners to make progress.
The purpose of these assessments is to find out children’s strengths and areas for improvement so that their teachers can help them develop their skills.
After your child has completed a personalised assessment, their teacher can see feedback on their skills and progress which helps the teacher to plan the next steps for your child’s 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. Schools are encouraged to share the information with parents/carers whilst the information is current, however some schools may decide to wait until later in the school year, for example at a parents evening, to discuss how your child is progressing based on feedback from one or more assessments and the teacher’s observations of your child’s learning.
- Personalised assessments are taken on-line and 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 may need to work on, and their next steps.
- The assessments provide schools with information on the skills of individual learners, groups and whole classes.
- There is no set time of year or ‘assessment window’ for personalised assessments, the timing is decided by the school.
- Learners can take the assessments in small or large groups, depending on the school’s preferences and facilities.
- Learners must do the assessments once during the academic year. Schools also have the option to use the assessment once more during the academic year.
Online personalised assessments in reading and numeracy: information for parents and carers of children in Years 2 to 9 in maintained schools in Wales