Why use standardised tests?

Schools and Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) or school groups choose to use standardised tests to ensure consistency of assessment across the school or schools and to gain important insight into how pupils and schools are performing in relation to other schools nationally. School leaders are able to benchmark a school’s performance nationally against other schools by using standardised tests. Standardised tests are used as part of an assessment regime alongside tests of curriculum knowledge, understanding and in-class teacher assessment as well as the outcomes from national tests, such as those at the end of Key Stage 2.