Cognitive Ability Testing (CAT)
What is CAT
The Cognitive Ability Test assesses how well a pupil can think about tasks and solve problems using a range of different questions.
Some tasks involve thinking about shapes and patterns (Non-verbal Reasoning), some with words (Verbal Reasoning) or numbers (Quantative Reasoning) and, finally, some questions are answered by thinking about shape and space together and imaging a shape being changed and moving (Spatial Ability).
Why Use CAT?
Interpretation of CAT Information
Standard Grade National Qualifications
Grade 1 / 2 National 5 (highest level)
Grade 3 / 4 National 4 (general level)
Grade 5 / 6 National 3 (lower level)
Grade 7 No Award
SCHOOL ASSESSMENT PROGRAMME
Pupils sit formal assessments around November and March/April to benchmark their progress and this is matched to their CAT score to check they are achieving their best. Action is taken via parental contacts, extra help sessions etc where performance is below what would be expected.
Pupils sit formal S3 Exams in December. These replicate the S4 National Exams and provide an opportunity for pupils to get used to the formal procedures of SQA Exams relating to timing, invigilation and so on.
Results from exams (along with other classroom evidence) inform option choices for the Senior Phase.
Unit Assessments take place throughout the session as per SQA guidelines.
An S4 benchmarking exercise takes place in October to check progress against CAT scores and S3 Exam data.
An S4 formal Prelim Exams are in January each year.
There are regular interventions by teaching staff and Year Heads throughout the year to ensure pupils are working to achieve their potential.
Whole School Profiling
Profiling is an important part of Curriculum for Excellence as it allows pupils to evaluate their progress within subjects and in relation to their achievements outwith the classroom. It allows them to identify their strengths and points for action so that they know what to do to improve.
Pupils regularly complete departmental profiles in relation to their subjects and they also complete an electronic profile via PSE which is more broad based and examines progress in a range of contexts. Pupils take home a copy of their electronic profile at the end of each year.
The Assessment and Reporting information for this session is noted below:
The dates for this session’s Parents’ Evenings are:-
S1 27 October
S2 6 October
S3 21 January
S4 2 February
S5/6 24 February
The dates for this session’s Primary-Secondary Transition Evenings are:-
Information Evenings 2 November
Information Evenings 26 May
P7 Induction 6 June, 7 June, 8 June
In addition to these formal meeting times, the Head Teacher publishes a School Calendar annually to inform parents of reporting and other key dates.
The Head Teacher also issues a summary of the School Improvement Plan towards the end of each session to allow parents to be involved in the evaluation of the Plan and to comment of proposed priorities and targets for the forthcoming session.