Important information about New PiRA and New PUMA

As a result of school closures during the summer 2020 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.

 

Performance indicators for autumn, spring and summer papers

Performance indicators                          

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.

 

Delayed test outcomes and features of the 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.


Available from summer (June/July) 2021 in time for the summer paper testing window:

 

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

 

Standardised score (available July 2021)

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

Strand/topic analysis, including strand national average (available July 2021)

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

Transition data (available July 2021)

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 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)

  • Individual Pupil report (strand information only)


Available from autumn 2021 after the summer paper testing window:

 

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.

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.

  • 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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