NGRT Update 2024

What is NGRT?

The New Group Reading Test (NGRT) is a standardised assessment to measure reading skills of students aged 6-16 years against the national average. Through a variety of exercises, NGRT can assess students’ knowledge of phonics, comprehension, decoding ability, vocabulary, grammatical knowledge, deduction and inference skills, authorial intent, and ability to deal with figurative and idiomatic language (depending on the age of the student and test selected). Tasks include sentence completion, passage comprehension and phonic exercises. NGRT tests not just the ability of students to decode what they read, but also to comprehend and apply meaning.

What is being updated?

Due to increased usage of the assessment, we have decided to extend and supplement existing assessment passages with new content to ensure that students see a wide variety of texts.

What is a trial?

In a trial, students take an assessment containing new content, and the resulting data is analysed to select the fairest and most effective questions for use in the final version of the test.

What is involved in the trial?

Schools with pupils in years 1-6 and 8-10* (Scottish P2-P7 and S2-S4; Northern Irish P2-P7 and Y9-Y11) are invited to participate in a digital trial of new NGRT content between 4 March and 28 June 2024.

  1. Register to take part.
  2. Upload a pupil data template for scoring and reporting purposes.
  3. Administer the digital tests at any time during the trialling window of 4 March - 28 June 2024. The test is untimed but normally takes around 30-40 minutes.
  4. You will receive pupil reports in the summer of 2024.

*Y11 students are also welcome to take part if available.

Please note: your pupil data will be used to analyse the effectiveness of the new assessment content but will not be shared externally outside of GL, except to provide you with raw scores for your own students. 

Why take part?

  • Your school will gain early access to new reading assessment content.
  • You don’t need to do any marking and will receive raw score feedback.
  • It’s simple and easy to take part, and there is no cost involved. 
  • Your school will receive an incentive payment of £1.50 per pupil, plus a free 3-month subscription to myON, a digital reading platform that enables rich language opportunities both in and outside of the classroom, for the upcoming academic year.*

*Incentives are limited so early registration is advised. Tests must be completed between 4 March and 28 June 2024.

Who is eligible to participate?

Only students who have not taken NGRT within the last year are eligible to participate. This is to ensure that familiarity with the test does not compromise the trial results. For the same reason, pupils who participate in the trial should not take NGRT Form C for at least a year after the trial to ensure that their results are accurate.

What are the requirements to participate?

  • A contact person at the school
  • A data file with details of all participating pupils. We will provide instructions on how to transfer this securely.
  • Pupils will need access to one of the devices listed below linked to a good network or wifi connection.
  • Headphones will be needed for the introductory section.

What devices can be used?

  • PCs/desktops
  • iPads*
  • Android tablets*
  • iMacs
  • Chromebooks 

A mouse is recommended for desktops and Chromebooks.

* Minimum screen size of 10”

 

What kind of results will I receive?

You will receive each pupil's raw score, as well as their percentile score and broad ability band in comparison to the other participants in the trial. It is important to note that the trial sample is relatively small and may not be fully representative of the population, so these results will not be as statistically valid as those of a live, standardised test. 

How do I sign up?

Fill in the relevant form to register your interest, and we will be in touch with more details.

Registration form - England and Wales

Registration form - Scotland

Registration form - Northern Ireland

If you have questions or would like more information before registering, please email [email protected].