The PiRA, PUMA 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 30,000 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.