Standardised testing - parent information sheets

 

Schools share children's test scores with parents as either Standard scores or STen scores. For this reason two information sheets for parents are available to explain the meaning of standardised test scores. One information sheet explains Standard scores while the other explains STen scores. The information sheets are available in a range of languages.

Information sheets

1. Understanding Standard Scores: information for parents

 

STEN_ENG

Understanding standard
scores

STAN_GAEL |

Ag tuiscint scór
chaighdeánacha

 

This information sheet is also available in the following languages:

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PolskiالعربيةRomânРусский языкFrancais中国语言Português

 

2. Understanding STen scores: information for parents

 

STEN_ENG

Understanding
STenscores

STEN_GAEL

Ag tuiscint
scóir STen

 

This information sheet is also available in the following languages:

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PolskiالعربيةRomânРусский языкFrancais中国语言Português

 

Context for developing the information sheets

In July 2004, the NCCA was requested by the then Minister for Education and Science to provide advice on standardised testing in compulsory education. The NCCA ’s advice presented in Advice on Standardised Testing in Compulsory Schooling (2005, PDF, 225 KB), examined different purposes for standardised testing and outlined particular issues associated with this method of assessment.

The document made recommendations for supporting and promoting good practice in assessment, and for reporting including the development of Report Card Templates for reporting children’s progress to parents.

Building on the advice to the Minister, the NCCA included standardised testing as one of a continuum of assessment methods in Assessment in thePrimary SchoolCurriculum: Guidelines for Schools (2007). The purpose of the guidelines is to support teacher’s knowledge and understanding of assessment, and they show how a variety of assessment methods including standardised testing can be used to support assessment of children’s progress and achievement, and to extend and enrich their learning. The guidelines present examples of how standardised testing can be used for these purposes using sample activities from classrooms.

 

Downloads and Related Links

Reporting standardised test results to parents using STen scores (2007) (PDF, 32 KB )
Reporting standardised test results to parents using standard scores (2007) (PDF, 32 KB)
Assessment in the Primary School Curriculum: Guidelines for schools
Assessment in the Primary School Curriculum: Guidelines for Schools (2007) BROWSABLE VERSION
Advice on Standardised Testing in Compulsory Schooling (2005) (PDF,225 KB)

Department of Education and Skills Circulars