NFER Tests Suite 2 autumn, spring and summer

Optional tests for Years 3, 4 and 5 to help monitor pupil attainment and progress

Standardised and age-standardised scores

NFER Tests provide standardised and age-standardised scores which have been nationally benchmarked with a large representative sample. Age related expectations are also provided for Reading and mathematics tests. 

Standardised and age-standardised scores

NFER Tests Suite 2 provides both standardised and age-standardised scores. These are based on a normal distribution of scores with a mean (average) of 100 and a standard deviation of 15, meaning that about 67% of pupils will achieve a standardised score between 85 and 115. The scaled score of 100 defined by the Department for Education as the national expectation at the end of Key Stage 2 is not the same as, nor equivalent to, a standardised score of 100 on NFER Tests.

Age-related expectations in the national curriculum

The result from the summer reading or mathematics tests contributes to the judgement of whether a pupil is meeting the standards expected in the national curriculum. A series of standard setting meetings involving over 100 teachers provided evidence about the challenge in these tests in relation to the national curriculum expectations. Using a method known as bookmarking, teachers used their expertise and understanding of the curriculum to define expectations for each year.