Questions regarding SENT-R and KS2-3 with answers
Q: Is the test only carried out on a one to one basis or can multiple tests be carried out?
A: The test can only be carried out on a 1:1 basis at the moment. A group version is quite a long way off.
Q: How long roughly does each test take?
A: The test takes around 20 minutes.
Q: Can you explain how much overlap there is between the packs?
A: SENT-R is referred to as being appropriate for use with children from ages 4 years to 7 years 11 months. Levelling between National Curriculum levels P6 through to 2A.
The SENT KS2-3 is referred to as being appropriate for use with children aged 7-14. Results can be expressed as either NC levels or Age Equivalents within the range from ages, 3 years 4 months to 11 years 1 month. Language from National Curriculum levels P6 to 3A. The age range quoted is KS2-3 but the age equivalents go to 11. This is easily enough for SEN pupils in KS3.
The standardisation needs to be understood. The SENT-R gives standard scores, percentiles, age equivalents and NC levels; the SENT KS2-3 gives age equivalents and NC levels, but not standard scores nor percentiles.
Q: Are the KS2-3 materials completely new, or has the original assessment been extended. So, if we purchase this version, will it duplicate the earlier levels, i.e. P6 – 2A?
A: A bit of both. The items from P6 to 2A have the same numerical elements as SENT R, but some of the graphics have been changed to make them more age appropriate.
Q: Would the KS2-3 test be appropriate for low level key stage 4 students?
A: Yes, the test could be used on low level KS 4 students without difficulty. In fact the highest level – NC3A – is unlikely to me met with any pupil on an SEN register if the Sandwell experience is anything to go by.
Q: I have a conversion chart for SENT-R which converts student marks to a rough national curriculum level but unfortunately it only stretches to a 2A. I was wondering if there was one available for the SENT KS2-3 that we could get
A: Actually the previous conversion chart was produced by the Every Child Can Count team in Edgehill, not us. However the principles can still apply.
The NC level that the child is deemed to be working at is the highest band in which the child scored 67% (or 2/3rds) correctly.
The easiest way to establish this is by using the individual pupil response sheet (the one with the coloured bands on the left). Using the normal test guidelines look at the highest level the child got to. If s/he got 67% right in that level that is the deemed NC level. If not, go lower until the pupil passes the 67% threshold.