The Lancashire Mathematics Assessment Tests are designed to support teachers in confirming their teacher assessments at the end of each term.
They complement the Lancashire Mathematics Planning Support Disc, the Mathematics Learning and Progression Steps (LAPS) and also the Lancashire KLIPs Assessment system. They can, however, be used alongside any other assessment systems.
The end of Autumn term tests assess only the content of the mathematics curriculum that has been covered within the Planning Support Disc for that term. The questions are also pitched against a realistic expectation of what children should have achieved up to that point in time, which corresponds to the first parts within the Learning and Progression Steps. This ensures the assessments for the end of Autumn and Spring terms are not against end of year expectations.
This means that the tests will only measure whether a child is either on track to achieve the end of year expectations or whether they are not. The results will not give a precise attainment score for children working outside of the year group expectations, however, if a child in Year 4 is suspected of achieving in line with a child beginning to learn the Year 3 curriculum, then they could sit the Year 3 tests to confirm a teacher assessment of ‘Entering’ Year 3.
The end of Spring term tests will assess whether a child is on track to achieve the end of year expectations at that point in time. The end of Summer term tests will assess whether a child has achieved the end of year expectations for that year.
The tests for Year 6 will assess the Year 6 curriculum only and therefore will not be representative of the national end of Key Stage 2 test papers, which assess content from across the whole Key Stage.
The tests are designed to resemble the national end of key stage tests in both appearance, structure and question design. They will therefore support children in becoming familiar with the national end of Key Stage tests.
The Lancashire Mathematics Team will not produce a marking threshold to indicate attainment as the tests are intended to be used to support the teacher’s professional judgement of the children’s abilities.
The Autumn term set of tests are available as part of the subscription to the Lancashire Mathematics and English Teams website.
The Spring and Summer term test papers will be available to purchase at a cost of:
£30 per term for Key Stage 1
£60 per term for Key Stage 2
£90 per term for all years from Year 1 to Year 6
For schools who do not subscribe to the website, the Autumn term test papers can be purchased for the prices outlined above.
Tests will be provided in electronic format.
Test analysis grids will be available through our website or will be sent to schools who have purchased the tests but do not subscribe to the website.
There will be a facility for schools to submit their data to us in order that we can collate the information and make it available to schools for comparison.
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