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Below is some important information that may help you to better interpret the results. Firstly, a reminder of what the CATs are:
What are CATs?
Cognitive Abilities Tests as a whole assess an individual's ability to manipulate and reason with three different types of symbols: words, quantities and spatial patterns, each of which plays an important part in human thought. A section, called a test battery, of the complete CAT test is devoted to each of these ways of reasoning, and each battery is further divided into three sorts of test item that test different aspects of that style of reasoning.
What makes CATs so reliable?
CAT items have been exhaustively trialled on large samples of children; any that exhibited odd characteristics or showed evidence of sex or ethnic bias were discarded. Then the assembled test was administered to a sample of 16,000 children to establish the norms of performance for children of different ages. It is from these norms that a child's standardised age score is derived. The thoroughness of this process means that the standardised scores resulting from the tests are very reliable, and that, for instance, large differences in a pupils scores between test batteries, can be treated as having real meaning.
What are the benefits of using CATs in a school?
As a way of setting targets for individual children, CAT scores are a lot fairer than attainment test results, such as KS2 tests, would be. Also, being standardised, CAT scores can be compared over time, so that, for example, the overall ability of successive years' intake of a large comprehensive school can be compared. The case studies presented in the CAT area of this website have been collected over a number of years to illustrate good practice, and a range of ways in which CAT scores have been used effectively in schools.
How will CATs benefit the child?
Any hard information that enables teachers to better understand the abilities of their pupils should operate to those pupils' advantage. A pupil's three reasoning scores will enable more effective teaching, learning programmes and interventions to be designed. Children also benefit from CAT scores enabling teachers to set better targets containing the right degree of challenge. And anything that personalises teaching and learning is in keeping with the Schools intention that children should be prepared to take more responsibility for their own learning.
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