Published on: 11 Oct 2013

New assessment supports older children struggling with maths

11 October 2013 - TES Special Educational Needs Show 2013 (stand 175) - To enable the assessment of older pupils experiencing difficulties with number, leading independent test publisher, GL Assessment, has today published the Sandwell Early Numeracy Test KS2–KS3 (SENT KS2– KS3), which is suitable for pupils aged 8 to 14 years.

Devised through the collaboration of Special Educational Needs advisory teachers and education psychologists working for Sandwell LA Inclusion Support Service, the development of the test was triggered in response to increasing use of the Sandwell Early Numeracy Test – Revised (SENT-R) with upper Key Stage 2 pupils and by secondary schools.

Emma Rees, Publisher at GL Assessment, said: “SENT KS2–KS3 is appropriate for both mainstream and SEN pupils whose performance in numeracy is well below average for their age group. It is particularly useful to provide a reliable baseline on entry to Year 7, especially in light of research that has revealed that significant numbers of children have achieved Level 4 in Key Stage 2 SATs, but appear not to have mastered many elements of numeracy incorporated in National Curriculum Level 3 or below.”

Co-author, Dr Christopher Arnold, explained: “It is vital for the successful acquisition of numeracy to have up-to-date and accurate information about the skills that pupils have mastered. Our research shows that the information supplied to secondary schools can be very unreliable. SENT KS2–KS3 is easy to administer and gives detailed information about those pupils who struggle in numeracy. This, in turn, leads to much better personalisation of numeracy programmes for children with special needs in both mainstream and special schools.”

To match the needs of this older age range, materials in SENT KS2– KS3 have been revised to make them more appropriate for older pupils and the test extended to cover attainment from National Curriculum Level P6 up to Level 3A. The five number strands assessed remain the same: Identification of numbers, Oral counting, Value/computation, Object counting and Language.

Engaging visuals relate the tasks to recognisable everyday activities. For each question, the child is shown the picture and the teacher/tester is guided by a corresponding question page with clear instructions. Designed to be administered on an individual basis, the test takes approximately 10 – 30 minutes to complete.

Suitable for use at any time during the school year, SENT KS2–KS3 is ideal for screening, monitoring and tracking progress, as well as for individual diagnostic profiling and measuring the effectiveness of intervention programmes, including the effective use of the Pupil Premium.

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Sandwell Early Numeracy Test KS2–KS3

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