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Literacy & Numeracy

This area contains information about the LNF (Literacy and Numeracy Framework). You will find information about the National tests here

This short animation from the WG, talks parents/carers through the National Reading and Numeracy Test reports

Time VO script (Eng)
00:00 “Children in Years 2 to 9 take national tests in reading and numeracy each summer. To accompany our parents’ and carers’ guide, this short video helps to explain what the test results can tell you about your child’s learning.”
00:10 “Schools have always used tests to check how well children are doing. The national tests are developed especially for use in Wales, which means that teachers in all schools have the same information on the reading and numeracy skills of their learners.”
00:25 “At the end of the summer term you receive the results for your child for each test that they have taken. There are two kinds of result for each test – these are the ‘Age Standardised score’ and ‘Progress Measure’.”
00:45 “The age- standardised score tells you how well your child has done compared with all other children of the same age in years and months taking the test at the same time.

Your child’s score for each test will be shown as an ‘x’ and will be presented in charts like these;

The average age-standardised score is set to 100 and about two-thirds of all children taking the test will have age-standardised scores between 85 and 115.

If your child’s score is between 70 and 84 then this might suggest that extra support with reading and numeracy would be helpful.

If your child’s score is between 116 and 140 then this is higher than the scores for most children of the same age. It might suggest that your child could develop their numeracy and reading skills through more challenging contexts.

In a few cases, the range of difficulty of the questions in the test may mean that it is not possible to register a standardised score for a child who scores ‘less than 70’ or ‘more than 140’ In these cases teachers will be able to give you more information about your child’s ability.”

01:35 “The progress measure shows how well your child has done compared to every other learner taking the test in his or her year group across Wales. It allows you to track your child’s achievement on the tests over time and help identify trends in their performance.

Your child’s score will be represented by a ‘cross’ within a shaded block and will be presented in charts like these. The sentence provided under each result tells you if your child’s position in the year group is broadly consistent with, higher than, or lower than last year.

By using information from previous tests it is possible to work out an expected range for your child. Progress measures that are broadly consistent from year to year would suggest that your child is making steady progress. Small variations in the score from year to year are to be expected.

If the sentence below your child’s result says that your child’s performance is higher or lower than last year, it shows that your child’s position within the year group has changed by a large amount. This suggests that your child would benefit from greater support or challenge.

For example;

If your child’s progress measure looks like this it shows they have made progress in line with all other learners in their year group since first taking the tests. The slight changes in progress measure each year are to be expected.

“This chart shows a small difference between last year and this year which indicates that performance in the last year is within the expected range. However, over the 4 years there is a downward trend showing your child’s measure is gradually getting lower in comparison to other pupils in their year group. You might want to discuss this with your child’s teacher who may suggest that some support is needed.”,

“In this example, performance has been consistent up until the last year where the performance measure dropped. The sentence below shows that the child’s performance measure is outside their expected range and so they might benefit from greater support.”

“This chart shows a slight slip in position. However, performance is still within the expected range and it may not mean that your child is not making progress.”

Your child’s teacher will be able to talk to you in more detail about the ways in which they are making progress in all aspects of reading or numeracy and if necessary, what can be done to help to improve their skills or challenge them further.”

02:15 “The tests are just one piece of evidence about your child’s achievement. It is important to discuss your child’s progress with their teacher based on all the evidence they have, rather than focussing on a single test result.

There are plenty of activities you can do at home to support your child’s reading and numeracy. You can find out more about this by visiting our Education begins at home pages on Facebook and Twitter.”


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