Assessments for International Schools

At GL Education when we visit schools and organisations around the world, despite the incredible diversity of culture, curriculum and availability of resources, we see a common theme where teachers and school leaders are all seeking answers to similar challenges.

Effective school improvement

Our goal is to help schools leaders around the globe ensure that all students reach their potential.

Our rigorous, high-quality assessments link together to provide you with a 360 degree view of each student, covering the cornerstones of ability, attainment and attitudes.

The importance of data

Effective use of data allows schools to personalise teaching and learning. Our assessments provide you with an objective, statistically reliable way of comparing ability and attainment.

The tests are standardised over huge numbers to ensure accuracy and fairness in benchmarking against peers. The data can also be used to compare achievement internally from cohort to cohort. This allows senior leaders to focus on progress and the value added by the school, rather than a one dimensional measure of attainment.

Combining this data with your own observations is considered by many to be one of the most powerful influences on learning.

Comparing Progress to Ability

Mathew Savage, Head of International Community school, talks about the importance of standardised data.

The whole student view

GL Education reflects a holistic approach to assessment, whereby a student's ability, attainment and attitude to learning can be assessed and compared to support you to better understand each individual.

This model enables you to:

  • Deliver a personalised approach to teaching and learning
  • Measure a student’s attainment and track progress
  • Compare ability levels against current attainment to identify under-achievement and factors influencing performance
  • Identify barriers to learning and inform early intervention strategies
"It was an epiphany moment and I could immediately see the benefits of using it in conjunction with CAT4. It’s no exaggeration to say PASS has been one of the most exciting educational discoveries I’ve made."
Matthew Savage, Head of Secondary, International Community School, Amman

How the assessments work together

The Cognitive Abilities Test: Fourth Edition (CAT4) provides a comprehensive profile of a student’s core reasoning abilities.

Combined with ability indicators, the Progress Test Series (PT Series) provides a standardised measure of attainment that enables you to measure attainment and progress year-on-year, putting you in a better position to identify individual underperformance and pinpoint areas that require intervention.

When a student's attainment doesn’t match their ability revealed by CAT4 data, the Pupil Attitudes to Self and School (PASS) survey helps to detect possible barriers to learning, including issues around confidence, resilience, and motivation.The New Group Reading Test (NGRT) is also a vital tool to assess EAL students to determine their reading age and measure the impact of any literacy interventions.

Combination reports allow you to compare the two data sets alongside one another, making it easy to spot anomalies or areas where students could be achieving more, helping you put the necessary interventions in place to drive progress.

  • CAT4: Identify a student's developed abilities and likely academic potential
  • PT Series: Measure pupil progress in English, Maths, and Science
  • NGRT: Monitor reading and comprehension skills and determine reading age

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