Important information about New PiRA and New PUMA

As a result of school closures during the 2020 Summer term, we have unfortunately had to delay the release of some of the test outcomes and features of New PiRA and New PUMA. Please find a breakdown below, so that you can decide whether the new editions or the current editions of the papers are best suited to your needs.

 

When will New PiRA and New PUMA be available?

  • Autumn papers, mark schemes and test guidance publish in Summer 2020, ready for testing in Autumn 2020.

  • Spring papers, mark schemes and test guidance publish in Autumn 2020, ready for testing in Spring 2021.

  • Summer papers, mark schemes and test guidance publish in Spring 2021, ready for testing in Summer 2021.

 

Autumn and Spring papers

 

Available from publication:

 

Test outcomes and features

What does this mean for you?

Standardised score

See whether a pupil’s attainment is above or below the national average for their year cohort.

Age standardised score

See how a pupil is performing against other pupils of the same age, calculated in years and months.

Reading/Maths age

Get a quick measure of attainment against the age at which a pupil’s performance is typical.

Strand/topic analysis, including strand national average

See strengths and weaknesses across the curriculum to inform future teaching.

Facility value for every question

See the percentage of pupils who answered each question correctly in the standardisation trial.

Hodder scale

Measure pupil progress with this independent scale. Useful for tracking and predicting performance of children who are working outside of their age range but continue to make small increments of progress for their year.

Transition data

Full transition data that allows you to compare PiRA/PUMA standardised scores to New PiRA/New PUMA standardised scores will be provided free of charge.

Free online mark schemes and test guidance

Provided free with every purchase, meaning that you don’t have to carry a heavy book around with you! What's more, multiple teachers can access the documents at the same time.

Free comprehensive assessment maps

Ease planning and ensure that all content is taught before administering the tests with free comprehensive assessment maps that work alongside White Rose Maths and other popular schemes.

Free access to online assessment and reporting tool, MARK                            

Trusted by over 6,000 schools for valid, easy-to-use assessment and reporting and used by teachers to analyse over 4 million papers.

Available and ready for relevant testing window:

  • Gap analysis export

  • Whole school gap analysis export

  • Individual Pupil report

  • Group Listing report (minus Performance Indicator coding)

  • Group comparison report

  • Pupil Progress report (for Spring only, as relevant once two consecutive assessments have been taken)

 

Available from Autumn 2021:

 

Performance indicators are derived from a careful mapping of PiRA/PUMA results and SATs scores, so that we can ensure they are accurate and linked to actual performance. As SATs were cancelled in Summer 2020, we will not be able to perform this comparison until 2021, once the next set of SATs have been taken.

 

Performance indicators                          

Identify whether pupils are meeting performance expectations for their year.

 

Summer papers

It is extremely important to us to ensure that the data we provide is representative of national standards. Under ordinary circumstances, we would have standardised the Summer test papers in Summer 2020. However, in light of school closures over the Summer 2020 term, we will instead gather data from Summer test papers sat in June 2021, alongside data from our trial cohort. This will enable us to provide accurate data in September 2021.


Available from Summer (July) 2021:

 

This data will be available from July 2021, once we have received data from tests undertaken in June 2021.

 

Standardised score

See whether a pupil’s attainment is above or below the national average for their year cohort.

Strand/topic analysis, including strand national average

See strengths and weaknesses across the curriculum to inform future teaching.

Transition data

Full transition data that allows you to compare PiRA/PUMA standardised scores to New PiRA/New PUMA standardised scores will be provided free of charge.


Available from Autumn 2021:

 

During Summer 2021 we will undertake rigorous checks of our data, carefully generate all other outcomes for Summer assessments and update MARK and the data section of the Test Guidance. This will mean that all Summer data is in place for you to identify gaps, monitor pupil progress and generate reports.

 

Age standardised score

See how a pupil is performing against other pupils of the same age, calculated in years and months.

Reading/Maths age

Get a quick measure of attainment against the age at which a pupil’s performance is typical.

Facility value for every question

See the percentage of pupils who answered each question correctly in the standardisation trial.

Performance indicators

Identify whether pupils are meeting performance expectations for their year.

Hodder scale

Measure pupil progress with this independent scale. Useful for tracking and predicting performance of children who are working outside of their age range but continue to make small increments of progress for their year.

Free updated test guidance

Provided free with every purchase, meaning that you don’t have to carry a heavy book around with you! What's more, multiple teachers can access the documents at the same time.

Free comprehensive assessment maps

Ease planning and ensure that all content is taught before administering the tests with free comprehensive assessment maps that work alongside White Rose Maths and other popular schemes.

Free access to online assessment and reporting tool, MARK                             

Trusted by over 6,000 schools for valid, easy-to-use assessment and reporting and used by teachers to analyse over 4 million papers.

Available and ready for relevant testing window:

  • On-screen gap analysis (minus facility values)

  • Gap analysis export (minus facility values)

  • Individual Pupil report (strand information only)


‚ÄčAvailable for Autumn 2021:

  • Gap analysis export

  • Whole school gap analysis export

  • Individual Pupil report

  • Group Listing report

  • Group comparison report

  • Pupil Progress report

 

The current edition of PiRA (in both paper and online interactive format) is still available to purchase and will remain so until 31st July 2021. Click here to view the differences between New PiRA and the current edition.

The current edition of PUMA (in both paper and online interactive format) is still available to purchase and will remain so until 31st July 2021. Click here to view the differences between New PUMA and the current edition.

We have received a number of questions from teachers about how our termly standardised test suites can be used outside of the recommended test windows to evaluate what pupils have learned, as well as understanding which areas they need more help with when schools re-open. Read FAQs.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your local Assessment Consultant.

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