Using InCAS Assessments Information Seminar for Classroom Assistants Anne Cromie and Diane Owens August 2011. Learning Intentions. Classroom Assistants working with pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) will:
Information Seminar for
Anne Cromie and Diane Owens
Classroom Assistants working with pupils who have special
educational needs (SEN) will:
InCAS in Northern Ireland
Interactive Computerised Assessment System:
is a computer-based diagnostic assessment which is adaptive;
focuses on the pupil as an individual;
selects the initial question based on the pupil’s age; and
presents further questions in response to the pupil’s answers.What is InCAS?
Marina’s actual age is 7yrs 3m.
Pupils are asked several sets of questions to give them a number of chances to demonstrate their ability.
The number of questions in each set may vary depending on how many right answers a child gives..
This is the age range covered during this set of questions.
To give her a good chance of getting the first question correct InCAS chose a question which is targeted at a pupil younger than her actual age.
7yrs 4m9yrs 2m
This assessment produced a General Maths Age of 7yrs 9m for Marina.
7yrs 6m8yrs 4m
7yrs 7m8yrs 2m
Robert was 11yrs 1m when he sat this General Maths assessment.
8yrs 6m10yrs 4m
5yrs 66yrs 2m
This assessment produced a General Maths Age of 6yrs 2m for Robert.
3yrs 1m4yrs 11m
4yrs 4m8yrs 5m
General Maths Modules
Ref: Information for Teachers-2009 p.31
has questions that are read aloud;
takes a maximum of 20 minutes; and
has no continue buttons
Please note: Pupils are allowed to
use pencil and paper during General
Maths but will get no marks for
anything that they write down.
It is important to keep pupils on task!InCAS General Maths
All pupils should be given the opportunity to view the Inky Pupil demo
before they use InCAS.
Inky’s Reminders are also a useful resource.
Remember that they:
focus on individual needs; and
take account of usual methods of
working in the classroom.
Support for pupils should not:
give them an unfair advantage over
other pupils; or
offer help which reduces the
reliability or validity of the outcomes.Supporting Pupils
While completing InCAS consider the following …
Sight, e.g.picture, colour, and layout
Sound, e.g.headphones, audio speed
Motor Skills, e.g.use of mouse
Attention, e.g. question length, environment
Content, e.g.style and format of questions
… and note any aspect that might cause difficulties for pupils.
Guidance for Using InCAS
with Pupils who have SEN
possible using the computer.
suitable for the pupils.
Pupils should not:
When using InCAS ensure that pupils:
and then respond); and
After pupils finish it may be useful for them to:
Use available resources to minimise the pupil’s communication and interaction difficulties.
Use available equipment to maximise the pupil’s residual vision.
recorded voice; and
Use available equipment to maximise the pupil’s residual hearing.
Possible strategies name and the assessment that you are expecting that appears.
Position to allow monitoring of the pupil’s face for any condition
where they become dazed, confused, lose consciousness or have a
Check blood glucose level for diabetic pupils;
Have suitable chairs, desks and supports for pupils who have a
tremor or instability;
Ensure that aids for concentration are available, such as a wobble
cushion, weighted jacket or other supports;
Remove anything which may become a distraction, e.g. fidget supports.
Use equipment, support aids and appropriate medication to minimise
pupil difficulties.Medical Conditions and Syndromes