This past week students in Years 7, 10 and 12 (and all
students in other year groups who are new to Alice Smith) have been off lessons
for one period each to sit some tests.
These tests, known as Computer Adaptive
Baseline Tests (CABTs), have been designed by an organisation called CEM who are
affiliated with the prestigious Durham University in the UK.
Essentially students sit for the tests on a computer in four
- Non-verbal skills
The results of these tests reliably inform us as to how well students may fair in different academic areas of school life.
We have spoken to all students about this testing and
reminded them that they measure, as far as possible, innate ability. This means
that they are relatively free of content and instead focus mainly on the skills
listed above. As a result, students who have just arrived at Alice Smith would
not be in a more or less favourable position having studied different curricula
in previous schools.
If your son or daughter missed the test due to absence, we
will run a ‘catch-up’ session next week, so as to ensure we have the correct
data for all our students.
This data has been analysed by CEM over a number of years
using thousands of students (based in the UK and overseas) and can be used as a
predictor of performance at (I)GCSE and A level.
Whilst this data is based on huge sample sizes, we always
want to treat students as individuals, so we do not automatically use this data
to determine targets for students. Instead, they help inform subject teacher as
to the potential of individuals and guide them when making appropriately
challenging targets for individuals.
The data also allows us to review how we are performing as a
school compared to others in the CEM system, and also how year groups compare
over a period of time.
Parents and guardians will be informed of the results soon
after we get them back. Of course if you need further guidance with that
information, please contact me via email email@example.com.
Assistant Principal, Development