Getting the data analysis right

This section helps you ensure that the analysis of CAT4 results will meet the needs of your students and your school.

Digital edition

Tests will be taken on Testwise, a platform for administering our digital tests. When adding students to the Testwise register, certain pieces of information are mandatory. These are:

  • Unique identifier
  • First name
  • Last name
  • Group (this should be the teaching group or tutor group rather than the year group as it will allow additional analysis by the teacher)
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
Ensure that data supplied to GL Assessment is as accurate as possible: the ‘cleaner’ the data is, the more meaningful the reports are likely to be.

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Most schools will be able to export these details for a pre-determined group from the school’s management information system.

Most schools will be able to export these details for a pre-determined group from the school’s management information system.

If additional analysis is required, the following categories have been pre-programmed:

  • Year (group)
  • External reference Ethnicity
  • Free school meals
  • Special educational needs
  • English as an additional language

The analysis for these categories (excluding the external reference) will be limited to a graphical display showing up to five different groups and a table including up to 20 different groups.

Note that if no entry is given for a student, Testwise processes this as ‘Unknown’. This ‘Unknown’ category will count as one of the groups for graphical display so it is recommended that wherever possible an entry is given for each category for each student. If more than 20 groups are defined, Testwise will report on the 20 most frequent and will classify the remainder as ‘Other’.

To get the best from the analysis it is strongly recommended that you limit the information as follows:

  • Year – include the year group for the individual student
  • External reference – this may be used to allocate an internal unique identifier for the students (as opposed to the DfE UPN)
  • Ethnic group – include one from the following options:

Asian or Asian British – Bangladeshi

Asian or Asian British – Indian

Asian or Asian British – Pakistani

Asian or Asian British – any other Asian background

Black or Black British – African

Black or Black British – Caribbean

Black or Black British – any other Black background

Chinese

Gypsy/Roma

Mixed – White and Asian

Mixed – White and Black African

Mixed – White and Black Caribbean

Mixed – any other mixed background

Travellers of Irish Heritage

White British

White Irish

White – any other White background

Any other ethnic group

  • Free school meals – indicate ‘yes’ or ‘no’
  • Special educational needs – indicate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ English as an additional language – indicate ‘yes’ or ‘no’

There are two further categories which you can customise according to your requirements. These are called ‘Custom 1’ and ‘Custom 2’. Suggestions for additional student-level information that could be included under Customs 1 or 2 are:

  • First language (again, limiting these to the ‘top 20’ spoken in school will make analysis more meaningful).
  • Additional learning needs breakdown such as School Action and School Action Plus in England. If your school has special provision for children on the autistic spectrum or with speech and language disorders, for example, these categories could be highlighted. Again, it is recommended that only the 20 most common additional needs or fewer are included.
  • Postcode, but use just the first part of the code otherwise there will be too many categories for meaningful analysis. So, for the code SL4 3QY, state SL4.

As the reports will cut off text entries in a cell after 65 characters, it is recommended that entries for fields are kept as succinct as possible, whilst still being meaningful.

Paper edition

For customers taking the CAT4 paper tests, the information used for analysis is collected in the first instance by the Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) Answer Sheet completed by each student. When administering your CAT4 tests you should ensure each student completes the Answer Sheet correctly. Information is also collected from the Group Header Sheet which must accompany each batch of Answer Sheets. One Group Header Sheet should be submitted for each group for which a separate analysis is required.

To help with administration and accuracy, you may wish to take advantage of our overprinting service which pre-prints the required information onto each Answer Sheet.
One Group Header Sheet must be submitted for each group for which a separate analysis is required. Group Header Sheets are supplied with your Answer Sheets.

Overprinting

To ensure accuracy of data, schools have the option of purchasing our overprinting service. This service delivers Answer Sheets pre-printed with the required information, saving valuable time on the day of the test and guaranteeing an efficient results delivery service. In addition, sourcing the data from your school management system will ensure that report analysis is as accurate as possible and allow the results to be easily transferred back into the system for use by teaching staff. To submit the information, the school uploads a data file containing the following student and school details to the Testwise Reporting Service (TRS):

  • School DfE number
  • School name
  • Surname
  • Forename
  • Class
  • Year
  • UPN
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • CAT4 test level
  • Ethnicity
  • Free school meals
  • Special educational needs
  • English as an additional language

A sample data file can be downloaded from the TRS website:

https://reports.testwise.net/

Post-results analysis

Schools are encouraged to use the reports to carry out further analysis based on a full range of demographic information. If you have not used the overprinting service, it is possible to add information at student level for categories such as ethnicity, free school meals, Special Educational Needs and English as an additional language. By accessing their information on TRS, schools can update their information and re-run reports with this more detailed analysis.

For guidance on making your additional information as meaningful as possible to the analysis, see the digital edition guidance. We recommend that paper users also follow these guidelines.

There are further categories which you can customise according to your requirements. For suggestions of student-level information that could be included under these custom fields see the digital edition guidance on page 18.

Assessment Insights support

If you have a question about CAT4 data or your CAT4 results, please contact our Assessment Insights team at [email protected]. Our Assessment Insights team are assessment data experts with over 35 years combined classroom experience, here to help you make the best use of your data to inform in-school actions. You are also welcome to book a free one-to-one data consultation where the team will review your data in advance, provide an objective summary of key findings and help you to identify next steps.