NFER Tests Suite 2 autumn, spring and summer

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

Test outcomes and linking

As with all NFER Tests, Suite 2 results include age-standardised and standardised scores based on large and representative national samples. More information on these scores is below.

As a result of extensive trialling, NFER Tests in reading, mathematics and grammar and punctuation will allow pupil progress to be measured.*

Progress within a school year

When used at two points in the school year, reading and mathematics tests can be used to evidence progress made in the year. For example, if a pupil takes the Year 3 autumn reading test in September and the Year 3 summer reading test in June, then the amount of progress made in these eight months can be monitored.

Progress year on year

When used together, reading and mathematics summer tests will enable progress to be monitored from one year to the next. For example, teachers will be able to look at the amount of progress made by a pupil who took the Year 3 summer reading tests and then the following year took the Year 4 summer reading test.

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*Reading and mathematics available in June 2017. Grammar and punctuation available in the 2017/18 academic year.

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.