Standardised on 100,000 children, these easy-to-use assessments help you to accurately measure how your school and your students are performing in English, maths and science against the national average – student by student, class by class and year by year.

The Progress Test Series (PT Series) helps you to provide a clear, accurate baseline and to understand key gaps in a cohort’s learning. On returning to school, the insights gained from the PT Series will help you to plan for the new curriculum and to understand the current level of attainment of your students.

The PT Series can be taken in the Autumn term to help with baselining and, in this unusual year, GL Assessment will provide you with clear analysis of the data and national trends, in a series of webinars at the end of the Autumn term 2020. Schools can then assess again in the Summer term 2021 to measure progress made over the academic year.

How can the PT Series make a difference to you this year?

Quick Questions

What does the Progress Test series do?

Measures your students’ knowledge, understanding and application of the core subjects:

  1. English: focuses on grammar, punctuation and spelling, and on reading comprehension, using age-appropriate fiction and information texts.
  2. Maths: assesses key aspects of maths appropriate to the age of the student including mental maths for those aged 8 and over.
  3. Science: measures two dimensions of science learning; understanding of science content in biology, chemistry and physics and working scientifically (application of skills).

Why use the Progress Test series?

It’s statistically robust. The PT Series was standardised against a UK sample of over 100,000 students, with benchmarks verified every year based on analysis of half a million students.

What does the Progress Test series tell you?

The PT Series can be used twice a year to support individual interventions and curriculum planning and to measure cohort progress.

It supports school improvement initiatives by showing the relative performance of your students compared to national benchmarks. Testing year-on-year enables you to track individual and group progress. Transition tests provide an accurate profile of your students and set a baseline from which to monitor progress.

To compare ability with current attainment, our Combination Reports combine data from CAT4 with Progress Test in Maths and Progress Test in English (and New Group Reading Test data). These valuable reports allow you to identify students who are under-achieving or exceeding expectations in English and Maths.

How do I use the Progress Test series in Autumn 2020?

The PT Series can be used as a first step in baselining students in September 2020 or at the right time for you after they return. 

The reports will identify curriculum content areas with low scores – this may be due to the content not being covered or because it was covered during the period of remote online learning and the individual, group or class has not understood this area of content.

The tests are designed for students aged 5 – 14 years and can be taken online (PC) or on paper. Results for digital tests are generated automatically on completion, paper-based tests are supported by GL Assessment’s marking and standardisation service. A wide range of reports is available for groups, individuals and parents plus Excel reports and KS2/GCSE indicators.

In this unusual year, GL Assessment will provide you with clear analysis of the data in a series of webinars at the end of the Autumn term 2020. 

Can I measure progress from Summer 2019 to Autumn 2020?

When using the Progress Tests in the Autumn term, please note the following:

  • The Standard Age Score may not be as useful as it is based on a Summer standardisation and students will be older if they take the assessment in Autumn. 
  • The Standard Age Score will also not be as useful if students did not complete the test or were unable to answer a large number of questions because they had not covered the content. 
  • The progress measures are based on the Standard Age Score, so these may be of less value this year. Schools will therefore not be able to measure their progress from Summer 2019 to Autumn 2020. However, GL Assessment will be able to provide a useful analysis of how your students have performed in Autumn 2020 which will help and enable progress to be calculated from this time to Summer 2021. 

Who uses the Progress Test series?

Over half a million students take the PT Series each year. As the data is robust, it supports feedback and planning discussions with senior leaders, students and parents.


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