"It’s disappointing that some educational psychologists do not advise parents of the margin of error associated with a single test result. There are ‘confidence band’ tables that might say, for example, “with a score of x there is a 95 percent chance that the true score lies within such-and-such a range”.
Does this then mean that more than one report is needed?
I don't think that would be practical, (a) because the cost would be even more prohibitive than it already is, and (b) because ideally the reports would need to be well-spaced out. I was just arguing that (in my view) all
EPs should be up front about the reliability of tests. I feel sure most do in fact provide confidence intervals - but if they don't, parents should ask for a copy.
I understand the EP is but one factor to be considered. However, I read in that section that MostHappyDad in Kent had more than one CATS report and this helped to show that the child's score was consistent.
MHD in Kent was lucky in that one set of CATs was done at the primary school, and a second by the secondary school in the summer term prior to entry (to assist with setting in year 7). The third was done by a tutoring organisation at the start of their course - not something I would normally recommend in isolation, but the scores did fit well with the other CATs results.
I'm aware of some primary schools (very much a minority!) that administer CATs in years 3, 4, 5 and 6. That sort of well-spaced out, regular testing can be very informative.
The child's school does not run CATs tests but Headteacher is supportive and SATs levels are good.
It sounds like a good starting point, but ideally it would help to have as wide a range of evidence as possible:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b11
Would it be too much for us to put in academic reports from Reception to Year 6?
I suspect most panels would find a copy of KS1 results, a full year 5 report, and an interim year 6 report, if available, sufficient!
There might be an argument for other reports if they provided valuable additional