During lockdown, some students will have kept up with their reading while others, with fewer books at home or without access to libraries and school reading programmes, may have stalled. Developing literacy in primary school is key and reading ability is fundamental to a student's ability to access the curriculum in secondary school. So, having a reliable measure of reading ability will be critical in planning catch up as students return to school. In addition, the independent study required by remote learning may have further disadvantaged weaker readers without support at home.
There is no more crucial skill for success in any subject than reading, so being able to accurately assess and monitor this is essential. NGRT is proven to deliver a reliable assessment of reading comprehension, set against national benchmarks. Using it regularly helps to quickly spot problems that will hold back a child’s progress, with customised practical classroom solutions for each student and the ability to demonstrate the impact of the interventions you put in place.
Tests not just the ability of students to decode what they read, but also to comprehend and apply meaning. It can be used to measure phonemic awareness in less able readers too.
NGRT (digital) can be used alongside New Group Spelling Test (NGST), which is also fully adaptive. The two tests work together, with a Spelling and Reading Report comparing and analysing the results from both.
NGRT was standardised against a UK sample of over 11,700 students. The national benchmarks within NGRT are verified every year based on analysis from almost half a million students, so it’s guaranteed to be statistically robust.
The reading ages and the Standard Age Scores of your students, so you can introduce extra challenge or interventions to address problems before they impact on performance. This information will help you in planning curriculum content at the right level for students and help to identify those students who may have barriers to accessing the curriculum and who may also need additional help in catching up after lockdown.
To compare ability with current attainment, our Combination Reports combine data from CAT4 with NGRT data (as well as the data from Progress Test in Maths and Progress Test in English). These valuable reports allow you to identify students who are under-achieving or exceeding expectations in English and Maths.
NGRT is designed for students aged 6 – 16 years and is available in digital format (PC or tablet) or on paper. NGRT is in two parts: sentence completion (measures decoding with some element of comprehension); and passage comprehension (measures a range of comprehension skills of increasing difficulty)
The digital version is adaptive, so it responds to the level of the child as they take the test. Results for digital tests are generated automatically on completion while the paper-based versions are supported by GL Assessment’s scoring and reporting service.
Using NGRT termly aids your decision-making and supports discussions with senior leaders, school inspectors, students and parents.
Please click here to read the next steps advice in our Reading Diagnostic Pathway.
Read our other supporting documents on reading:
The Professional Hunch on Reading to help you identify a number of different possible reading issues.
The Professional Hunch - considering the whole child which includes a list of more general areas to consider if a student is falling behind.
You might also wish to look at your students’ attitudes alongside reading by finding out more about our PASS survey.
“Without a doubt, the elephant in the room is comprehension. If a child can decode to an extent, that develops confidence – but this confidence is easily shattered quite quickly when they enter secondary school.”
Using CDS to identify, evidence and evaluate the progress that pupils are making with key Literacy and Numeracy skills
A thriving middle school with a diverse pupil intake, St Bede's Catholic Middle School (Academy) has chosen our Complete Digital Solution (CDS) to evidence the exceptional progress their pupils make.
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