New Zealand teachers use a variety of tests to determine what level students are at, what progress they are making, and where they may need extra help. Progressive Achievement Tests, commonly known as PATs, are one of the main sets of tests schools use.
PATs are multiple-choice tests designed to help teachers determine achievement levels of students in Mathematics, Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary, and Listening Comprehension. The test results help teachers decide what kinds of teaching materials are needed and which methods or programmes are most suitable for their students. PATs are also important because they identify the progress a student is making from year to year.
PATs have been used in New Zealand schools in one form or another since the 1960s, so the chances are that most parents will remember sitting them. In the 1970s and 1980s, they came in booklets with brightly-coloured covers (remember now?)
PAT: Reading Comprehension assesses how well Year 4 to 10 students understand the text they are reading. Each test is organised around several extended pieces of writing which include stories, poems, reports and explanations.
PAT: Reading Vocabulary assesses Year 4 to 10 students’ ability to understand the words they read. Each question is based around a key word that is embedded in a short sentence. Students are asked to choose a synonym that best represents the meaning of this word from a list of five possible alternatives.
PAT: Listening Comprehension measures Year 3 to 10 students’ ability to understand spoken material. Students listen to a passage and then answer questions. It helps teachers detect children with poor listening skills and is also useful in identifying those children whose listening comprehension performance is significantly different from their ability to comprehend written material.
PAT: Mathematics covers number knowledge, number strategies, algebra, geometry and measurement, and statistics for Years 4 to 10.
PAT testing for Year 9 and 10 students at Tamaki College is scheduled for Thursday 16 and Friday 17 February. Parents are asked to please ensure that your students are at school for this testing because it provides a great deal of very useful data which then can be used to help your child’s learning.
Thanks to NZCER for this overview.
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