Progress in Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling AssessmentProgress in Reading AssessmentProgress in Understanding Mathematics
Standardised Tests

Rising Stars Assessment Standardised TestsStandardised termly tests to benchmark performance and measure progress

These termly standardised assessments enable schools to accurately measure and predict pupil progress in Mathematics, Reading and Grammar Punctuation and Spelling and benchmark pupil performance against national averages.

With three tests for each year group, the results provide reliable diagnostic information to support and guide effective teaching and learning and offer evidence of progress for parents and Ofsted.

  • Produce a diagnostic profile for each pupil to inform teaching
  • Follow children’s progress term by term and year by year 
  • Compare performance against age-related expectations
  • Assess a whole class in less than an hour

Offering full coverage of the new National Curriculum, the tests support a whole-school approach from Year 1 to the end of Year 6, with tests in Reception for PiRA and PUMA.


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What diagnostic information do the tests provide?

The PiRA, PUMA or GAPS results can be converted to provide a full diagnostic profile for each pupil.
The profile provides:

A standardised score

This allows you to immediately see whether the pupil is above or below the national average for their year.

An age-standardised score

This allows you to see how the pupil is doing against other pupils of the same age.

Performance indicators (for PiRA, PUMA and GAPS)

These show whether pupils are meeting performance expectations for their year (working towards, working at, or working at greater depth).

A reading age, maths age, GPS age

These allow you to get a quick measure of progress against the age the pupil’s performance is typical of.

A Hodder Scale score

This is an independent measure of progress throughout primary that allows fine monitoring of pupil progress and the prediction of future performance.

A guide to standardised testsDownload our Guide to Standardised Tests 
for further information

An introduction for school leaders and teachers covering:

  • what a standardised test is and why schools might use them
  • how standardised tests are developed and how they work
  • what information a standardised test can give you
  • how this data can support your school’s teaching and learning


My Reporting and Assessment KitMARK (My Assessment and Reporting Kit) now live

MARK will support you in analysing your pupils' PiRA, PUMA or GAPS test results and help you to generate a wide range of informative reports.

MARK enables:

  • Analysis of specific areas of strengths and weaknesses, by national curriculum strand
  • Fine monitoring of predicted progress over the year
  • Tracking of individual progress  term-by-term
  • Evidence of the impact of interventions
  • Analysis of the progress of specific groups e.g. Pupil Premium, intervention, most able etc
  • Identifying children working above or below national average and age-related expectations
  • Pinpointing areas of the curriculum that might need more in-depth teaching or practice

Access is FREE for all user schools via MARK.  Find out more

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Join our 3 part webinar series: A cost-effective way of training that will teach you how to make the most of MARK - from setting up, through to using data to inform teaching and reporting. Learn more about the webinar series

How can I use the tests to support both teachers and pupils?

The PUMA, PiRA or GAPS tests enable you to build a profile of each child’s performance. Use these to:

See which pupils are working above or below age expectations
Compare performance against national averages and use this to inform intervention strategies or work on deeper understanding

Identify patterns of strengths and weakness
Highlight skills in which pupils are secure and confident and flag areas where they may need more support

Pinpoint areas for further teaching or intervention
Assess performance on specific questions or strands (individually or across the class) and se this to refine target setting and inform planning

Demonstrate value added
Show where pupils are making progress, regardless of their starting point and monitor the impact of interventions or Pupil Premium funding

Check if children are maintaining progress
Compare actual scores with those predicted to see if children are continuing to perform at expected levels, term by term and quickly identify if any pupils are falling behind and in what parts of the curriculum

How were the tests standardised?

Over 22,000 pupils took part in the standardisation of PiRA, PUMA and GAPS. Pupils were tracked termly over a full academic year, taking the appropriate test at the same time as your classes will take them. The schools were from both urban and rural settings, with a nationally representative demographic mix. To ensure the validity of the results, correlation studies were carried out to compare teacher assessments (and former National Curriculum levels) to the sample results.

Find out more and order Progress in Understanding Mathematics Assessment (PUMA)

Find out more and order Progress in Reading Assessment (PiRA)

Find out more and order Progress in Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Assessment (GAPS)

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