Assessments


TCSI conducts the following internal and external assessments:

 

Internal Assessments

Term 1 and Term 2

During these terms, scheduled and unscheduled assessments are held in the classes.

 

External Assessments

TCSI also takes part in Baseline (F/S student test), The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4), and Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), Cambridge Progression, Cambridge Checkpoints, and IGCSE.

 

The test measures a pupil’s stage in language, literacy and mathematics upon completion of F/S 2. The assessment contains a mixture of oral and touch based questions, with full-colour illustrations that will be highly appealing to young children. There are three sections that measures literacy, language and mathematics on entry and, optionally literacy and mathematics at the end of the Foundation Stage.

Used together the assessment provides a more rounded view of each pupil which compliments teacher’s observational assessments.

 

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4):

CAT4 assesses a pupil’s ability to reason with and manipulate different types of material through a series of Verbal, Non-Verbal, Quantitative and Spatial Ability tasks. Together, these four tests provide teachers with a comprehensive profile of a pupil’s reasoning abilities, and as such the core abilities related to learning.

The resulting data can then be used to identify a pupil’s strengths, weaknesses and learning preferences, providing accurate and reliable information that is essential for personalised learning. The more we know about a pupil, the better position we should be in to offer a learning environment and ways of teaching and learning that allow pupils to maximise their potential. Information about a pupil’s reasoning ability will be key to many decisions and is considered alongside attainment data and other factors known to impact on learning, such as attendance and attitude.

 

ACER:

Drawing on extensive expertise and global networks, ACER works with leaders, policymakers, teachers and learners on a wide range of higher education research and assessment services.

Its expertise covers policy research, selection testing, student engagement, performance measurement, programme benchmarking, outcomes assessment and graduate destinations.

Advanced capabilities include project design and management, consultation and facilitation, research review, sample design, instrument.

 

Cambridge Progression:

Cambridge Progression Tests provide valid internal assessment of knowledge, skills and understanding in English, Mathematics and Science. The tests:

 

  • Enable learning to be assessed each year
  • Provide detailed information about the performance of each learner for stages 3 to 9
  • Enable teachers to give structured feedback to learners and parents
  • Are marked by teachers at the school
  • Come with clear guidance, standards and mark schemes

The Cambridge Progress Checker, a unique analysis tool, designed for the Cambridge Progression Test allows teachers to track learners’ progress.

 

Cambridge Checkpoint:

We conduct Cambridge Checkpoint exams for Year 9 students. Cambridge Checkpoint enables feedback to be provided on a learner’s strengths and weaknesses in key curriculum areas. The diagnostic reports generated by Cambridge Checkpoint enable us to:

 

  • Tailor individual learners’ learning programs
  • Monitor group and individual performance
  • Provide information for reporting to parents
  • Compare the performance of all learners taking tests in that session
  • Manage learning programs within schools as learners move between schools
  • Predict performance in learners’ formal examinations

 

IGCSE:

Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5-19 year olds. These qualifications are taken in over 160 countries and are recognised by universities, education providers and employers across the world.