They are tests that all Y2-Y9 children take at schools in Wales, and are part of the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF). The tests were introduced in May 2013.
Their main aims are to:
The Welsh Assembly Government plans that these will be the only end-of-year reading and numeracy tests schools in Wales carry out from Y2 to Y9.
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The tests are paper-based, and take between 30 and 60 minutes each (although children who need longer because of additional needs will be given extra time). Although it’s up to each school how to administer them, it’s recommended that children in Y2 and Y3 have a chance to sit the tests in smaller chunks of 20 minutes or 30 minutes at a time.
Children read a passage before answering a mixture of multiple choice questions and questions needing short, closed responses like ordering, pairing and underlining. They’ll have up to an hour to finish, plus there’s time at the beginning to do practice questions.
The reading tests span year groups: Y2 and Y3 take the same test, as do Y4 and Y5, and also Y6 and Y7. There is no risk of children taking the same test twice as new tests will be produced for each school year.
The numeracy part of the test last for 30 minutes; children are tested on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. A 30-minute reasoning test assesses how well they can apply calculation skills to everyday problems.
Unlike the reading test, there’s a separate numeracy test for each year group.
Yes, they’re compulsory for all Y2-Y9 children in Wales, and since September 2013 they've become a statutory part of the school curriculum too.
Most children will be able to take the tests without special arrangements, but if your child needs extra support the school should be able to modify test papers, access and so on.
We will let you know exactly when the tests are to be taken, but it’ll be some time in the second half of May.
Teachers mark the tests, and you’ll get a report back by the end of the Summer term on how your child did. This will include their standardised score and a score of how your child performed compared to others the same age in Wales, as well as a progress score.
All tests are available in English and Welsh. As we are an English-medium school children in Twynyrodyn sit the tests in English.
Talk to your child about the tests, but play them down as a fun challenge everyone will be doing instead of something to be scared of. It’s a good idea to download sample tests at home to try together. But the main thing is to make your child’s learning at home fun – play games and use favourite activities to help them learn.