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Presentation Cognitive Ability Testing December 2012. What are CATS?. Cognitive Ability Testing Objective testing – independently marked and interpreted by an outside agency Completed online with both auditory and visual instructions. Where are Cognitive Ability Tests used?.

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what are cats
What are CATS?
  • Cognitive
  • Ability
  • Testing
  • Objective testing – independently marked and interpreted by an outside agency
  • Completed online with both auditory and visual instructions
where are cognitive ability tests used
Where are Cognitive Ability Tests used?
  • Widely in the UK
  • Widely in British International Schools
  • JPGS have introduced this form of testing this academic year with Year 7 and Year 9
  • It is planned to introduce this form of testing with Year 4 and Year 6 next term
what cat is not testing
What CAT is NOT testing..
  • A body of knowledge
  • These tests cannot be learnt and revised for..
what is cat testing
What is CAT testing
  • A child’s ability to manipulate and interpret different types of symbols which feature in everyday learning
what does cognitive ability tests measure
What does Cognitive Ability Tests measure?
  • A child’s ability to understand and interpret verbal symbols – WORDS
  • A child’s ability to understand and interpret quantitative symbols – NUMBERS
  • A child’s ability to understand and interpret non-verbal symbols and patterns – SHAPES SYMBOLS
what happens to this information
What happens to this information?
  • Each individual child’s score is measured against ALL children of the same age in the UK and internationally where this form of testing is used
  • Each individual child’s score is standardised taking into account his / her chronological age
  • As a school we get the results and the interpretation of each child’s score numerically
what does cat measure
What does CAT measure?
  • A child’s POTENTIAL
  • Dependent on age…..
  • Where a child should be as a minimum at the end of Year 6 in terms of a National Curriculum Level in each subject area…particularly Maths English and Science
what does cat measure1
What does CAT measure?
  • Where a child should be at the end of Year 9 in terms of National Curriculum Levels in different subjects
  • What sort of minimum IGCSE examination results a child should be achieving at the end of Year 11
  • Even potential results at AS and A level (Years 12 and 13)
how does cat testing help improve the quality of education that we offer
How does CAT testing help improve the quality of education that we offer
  • Helps identify strengths and weaknesses of an individual child so these can be targeted
  • Identifies a child’s best learning style so staff in their planning can take this into consideration
  • Helps staff know in what areas pupils need challenging and support
possible scenarios
Possible scenarios…
  • An individual child may be exceeding the potential level that the CAT predicts – good news! JPGS is adding value to the child’s education as he/she is doing better than might have been expected
  • An individual child may not be achieving as well as the CAT predicts – this may be due to a number of factors which can be investigated and hopefully rectified through intervention within school
feedback to parents
Feedback to Parents
  • This will come in the form of a letter with your individual child’s scores
  • 100 is the average
  • There will be a mean score which is the average of the 3 tests verbal, quantitative and non-verbal tests
  • A score for the verbal test
  • A score for the quantitative test
  • A score for the non-verbal test
feedback to parents1
Feedback to Parents
  • Interpretation of what each score means
feedback to parents2
Feedback to Parents
  • Information regarding potential end of Year 6/9 levels
  • For example:
  • English:
  • Mean: 101 – 6c (end of Year 9) – B (IGCSE)
feedback to parents3
Feedback to Parents
  • For Year 7 we sent out the standardised scores plus the projected end of Year 9 National Curriculum levels
  • For Year 9 we will be sending out the standardised scores plus the end of Year 9 National Curriculum levels and the projected IGCSE grades in different subject areas to help with subject choices for Key Stage 4
  • The probability in percentage terms of a child achieving 5 A* - C including English Language and Maths
  • Hopefully then pupils will choose subjects that they are stronger in!
key stage 2
Key Stage 2
  • In consultation with Mr O’Shaughnessy and Mr Bedford we will feedback information that will be helpful to you as parents
word of caution
Word of caution
  • Everything I have talked about is referring to potential…
  • Children with hard work and a positive attitude to learning can far exceed their potential..
  • Equally children who do not commit themselves fully to learning can fall short of their potential
  • Hopefully you are now more informed about Cognitive Ability Testing..
any general questions for either me or my colleagues
Any general questions for either me or my colleagues….
  • Website for more information on the Cognitive Ability Tests

www.gl-assessment.co.uk

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