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Using MidYIS to inform Teaching & Learning. Objectives. to gain understanding of reading MidYIS graphs to share strategies for supporting individual pupils Ideas for sharing MidYIS data with colleagues. What does MidYIS test?. Vocabulary Most culturally linked Maths

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  • to gain understanding of reading MidYIS graphs
  • to share strategies for supporting individual pupils
  • Ideas for sharing MidYIS data with colleagues.
what does midyis test
What does MidYIS test?
  • Vocabulary
    • Most culturally linked
  • Maths
    • Measures speed and fluency rather than knowledge
  • Non-verbal
    • Tests 3D visualisation, spatial aptitude, pattern recognition and logical thinking
  • Skills
    • Tests proof reading skills (SPG) and perceptual speed and awareness (e.g. matching symbols under time pressure). Measures fluency and speed necessary in exams and in the work place.
explaining the graph
Explaining the Graph
  • Nationally standardised
  • Mean value: 100
  • Each MidYIS band contains 25% i.e. Top 25% are A, next 25% are B etc.
  • 95% confidence within

error bars.

interpreting the graph
Interpreting the Graph

Significantly high or low: no overlap with the mean score (100)

95% of pupils score between 70 and 130. Over 130 (only 2.5% of pupils) are gifted and talented. Below 85 may suggest SEN.

Significant difference: no overlap between the error bars

Overall MidYIS score is best predictor of KS3 and GCSE grades

interpreting the graph cont
Interpreting the Graph cont.

Even profiles (i.e overlapping error bars in all four sections, and overlapping with their MidYIS score)

Uneven profiles (i.e. Pupils who have a significant difference between their four scores)

examples of individual pupil profiles
Examples of Individual Pupil Profiles
  • For each example:
    • the information contained in the graph
    • the issues which may arise for this pupil in your subject
    • strategies you could employ to support that pupil (either for the whole class or for that specific individual)

Word banks for each topic

Practice writing with words rather than symbols e.g. To find the common denominator, first of all you ...

Discussion groups (although ensure pupils with low vocabulary scores do not all congregate)

Wider reading

Visits/trips etc to enrich language and cultural experience


May struggle to understand diagrams – use spoken and written explanations, paired work or group work to interpret.


Physical/practical/kinesthetic explanations may help (e.g. modelling solar system with clay/string or demonstrate distance between planets on football pitch etc)

Use drama/active methods to demonstrate difficult concepts


Pupil may seem more able than is the case, e.g. ‘talks a good talk’.

Allow paired work or group discussion to communicate answers orally

Describe maths problems

Encourage leadership roles as well as debates/T&L/drama

Support with scaffolding/writing frames etc


A pupil like this may:

struggle to proof read his work, therefore achieve a lower grade than he seems capable of.

struggle to interpret or understand exam questions

either work slowly with more accuracy OR work quickly with less accuracy – result is similar ie lower test score than expected


allow extra time

practice timing e.g. clock on IWB

use a range of question words to develop ability to understand instructions

Develop proof reading technique eg spotting common errors

consider further testing for dyslexia



In all lessons – not just English!!!

Students need to improve their Literacy Skills

Students need to be able to engage in lessons despite their Literacy difficulties.