Taking part in our research

Development of Key Stage 2 Multiplication Tables Test

Project code: EASE2

What are the purposes and aims of the project?

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) is developing an online multiplication tables test for pupils in years 3, 4, 5 and 6, which we hope will be made available to schools in the future. In order to create robust tests, it is important to trial the tests with appropriately aged pupils and, as part of that process, we are asking a number of schools to take part in this trialling.

How have schools been selected to take part?

The schools have been randomly selected for participation using factors such as location, prior attainment and school type to ensure we have a national representation of pupils for the trial. Participation in this trial is entirely voluntary.

What does taking part involve?

Before the tests are administered schools will be asked to provide some basic background data through our secure system; details and guidance of how to do this will be provided to schools once they have returned their completed reply form

The test will need to be administered on screen by a teacher in schools between 6 – 30 November 2017 to pupils in year 3, 4, 5 and 6, at a time that is convenient to you. You may take part with any year group and/or with as many year groups as you wish. We would like each pupil to take two tests, on separate, consecutive days (where possible).

For pupils in years 3 and 4, each on-screen test will consist of questions from the relevant multiplication tables, and will take approximately 5 minutes per test to complete. The two tests for pupils in years 5 and 6 will consist of a mixture of questions assessing all of the relevant multiplication tables and some questions which will require pupils to apply their multiplication knowledge. These tests will take approximately 20-25 minutes per test to complete. The trial can be administered to pupils in groups or as individuals.

What are the technical requirements for online test?

To take the tests all pupils will need access to an individual computer. Pupils will be able to take the test one at a time or in groups, whichever is more convenient for the school. We would like schools to use desktop computers or laptops with the latest version of their preferred browser. We may ask some schools to conduct the tests using Android tablets or iPads.

How will my school benefit from being selected for the trials?

Following participation in the trial, pupils will be provided with their result as soon as they have completed each test. A list of raw scores and pupil names will also be available for teachers to download once all pupils have completed the tests.

How will NFER use and protect the data collected from my school?

All data collected will be held in strict confidence by NFER and no individual school or child will be identified in any report arising from the trial.

Who can you contact for more information?

Our aim is that your experience of taking part in the trial is a positive one and we are on hand to support you throughout if required. Please feel free to contact our team on 01753 637007 or via email at ease2@nfer.ac.uk if you have any queries or require further information.