1. Do you think there are grounds for appeal with these results?
I don't know about your particular area, but, generally speaking, I would say they're borderline.
2. I have NVR result from an Academy that we applied for ability bands 1-5 with 5 the highest Daughter was band 4, should I include this in the appeal?
I would suggest not.
3. Would it be worth mentioning at the appeal that her school has received an Ofsted notice to improve, and in October the Head left suddenly. Since then the school has had two more headteachers.Could this disruption be used at appeal?
Again, I cannot speak for your area, but this sort sort of disruption would usually be considered an extenuating circumstance.
4. Are the VR and NVR CATS results good enough? I do not know what to measure them against.
I think they're borderline. The 90th percentile is often regarded as the very minimum for grammar school entry. See article on CATs below - percentiles are shown at the very end..
The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT)
The third edition (CAT3) was published in June 2001. The complete series of tests, from levels A to H, cover the age range 7 years 6 months to 17 years. Level D is the level taken by most Y7 students. Levels G & H which take the test to Y11-Y13 were published in September 2003. Roughly 70% of all secondary schools use CAT to assess their pupils on entry to Y7, and approximately 25% also test in Y9. Many primary schools also use CAT, predominantly in Y4. Approximately one-third of LEAs use CAT strategically across all their schools. Three-quarters of customers, and nearly all secondary schools, use the computer-scoring service provided by nferNelson.
What does CAT measure?
CAT is actually nine tests grouped into three batteries which assess a pupil's ability to reason with and manipulate the three different types of symbols that play a substantial role in human thinking:
* verbal - thinking with words
* quantitative - thinking with numbers
* non-verbal - thinking with shape and space.
CAT scores indicate general transferable abilities, such as the ability to recognise similarities, analogies, patterns and relationships, all fundamental to understanding and assimilating new information. They are designed specifically to minimise the role of prior learning and can therefore provide an indication of potential. They differ from the national tests (or SATs) which indicate attainment in some core areas of the curriculum and reflect how well pupils have acquired and retained specific knowledge in these areas.
Uses of CAT scores
The CAT tests are used for monitoring trends in the abilities of the intake, identifying individual pupilï¿½s cognitive strengths and weaknesses, identifying SEN, the more able/gifted and underachieving pupils or groups, informing target setting and assessing value added. These uses are described further below.
How are scores reported?
For easy comparison, pupilsï¿½ raw scores are converted to standard age scores (SAS), stanines and percentiles. Figure 1 shows the link between these different scores.
* Standard ages scores (SAS) have a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 15, which shows how widely spread the data are around the mean of 100. Around two-thirds of pupils in the national age group will score between 85 and 115 (up to one standard deviation away from the mean on each side), 95% score between 70 and 130 (up to two standard deviations from the mean) and 99% score between 60 and 140. The upper and lower quartiles of the distribution are an SAS of 90 or below (bottom 26%) and 111 or above (top 26%) respectively.
* Stanines, short for "standard nines", are nine summary score bands ranging from 1 (lowest) to 9 (highest). The table below shows the percentage of pupils expected in each stanine if the school has a national average intake.
* National percentile rank (NPR) shows the percentage of pupils nationally who obtain a SAS at or below a particular score. An NPR of 50 represents the 50th percentile, which is the median for the age group.
Description /Stanine /Percentage of pupils / Corresponding percentile (NPR) / Corresponding standard age score (SAS)
Description St % pupils percentile score
Very high 9 4 97+ 127+
Above av. 8 7 90-96 119-126
Above av. 7 12 78-89 112-118
Average 6 17 59-77 104-111
Average 5 20 41-58 97-103
Average 4 17 23-40 89-96
Below av. 3 12 12-22 82-88
Below av. 2 7 5-11 74-81
Very low 1 4 4- 73-