Important information about New PiRA and New PUMA
As a result of school closures during summer 2020 and subsequent terms, we had to delay the release of some of the test outcomes and features of New PiRA and New PUMA. Please find a breakdown below.
Delayed test outcomes and features of the summer papers
Available from June 2021:
|Free access to online assessment and reporting tool, MARK (available June 2021)
Trusted by over 6,000 schools for valid, easy-to-use assessment and reporting and used by teachers to analyse over 4 million papers.
On-screen gap analysis (minus facility values)
Gap analysis export (minus facility values and all standardised scores)
Individual Pupil report (strand information only)
Available from 27 September 2021:
All final Test Guidance and markscheme documents are now available in MARK. These can be found in the Resources section of MARK and include:
- Final markscheme PDFs containing all summer data, including facility values and strand-level data
- Final Test Guidance PDFs containing all summer data, including:
- Standardised scores
- Age-standardised scores
- Maths/Reading ages
- Hodder scale scores
- Standardisation technical data
Available by 18 October 2021:
We are in the final stages of updating MARK and reprocessing scores inputted for New PiRA and New PUMA summer tests, to populate all remaining reports. This will mean that all summer data is in place for you to identify gaps, monitor pupil progress and generate the following reports.
Performance indicators for autumn, spring and summer papers
Identify whether pupils are meeting performance expectations for their year.
Performance indicators have traditionally been derived from a careful mapping of PiRA/PUMA results and National Test scores, so that we can ensure they are accurate and linked to actual performance. As National Tests were cancelled in summer 2020, we first delayed this comparison until 2021. Now that National Tests have also been cancelled for 2021, we have developed an alternative solution in order to provide performance indicators for use with your new edition tests now. We thank you for your patience while we have been developing a supportive and robust set of indicators. You can access performance indicators for New PiRA and New PUMA here.
The current edition of PiRA (in both paper and online interactive format) is no longer available to purchase. Schools with stock or credits for these assessments will be able to use them as normal during the 2021/22 academic year.
The current edition of PUMA (in both paper and online interactive format) is no longer available to purchase. Schools with stock or credits for these assessments will be able to use them as normal during the 2021/22 academic year.
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.