AfE InCAS is an innovative, computer-adaptive assessment designed to help teachers in Scotland understand each individual child’s development and inform personalised learning. AfE InCAS also enables schools and Education Authorities to monitor progress from end of P2 to P7 in key developmental areas which research shows are linked to later academic outcomes.
The assessment is computer-based and taken individually by each pupil. As the assessment is adaptive, each pupil sees a unique assessment and is challenged at a level that is suitable for them, making the assessment enjoyable, age-appropriate, engaging and time-efficient.
CEM’s assessments are all adaptive. This means that questions are tailored to the individual pupil, so the assessment is not too difficult or too easy. Each child is presented with a personalised assessment that is suited to them, and can be carried out in an engaging and time-efficient way.
AfE InCAS is a flexible assessment for measuring progress through primary. You can choose to do the assessment once at the start of P2 and then at end of P7; once each year between P2 and P7; or during any combination of selected years to suit your assessment practice.
The AfE InCAS assessment is computer-based and taken individually by each pupil at a computer, so it can be administered to a whole class at once. The assessment guides the child through the questions, with easy-to-follow instructions, and a fun and engaging interface.
It is made up of six distinct modules, each taking approximately 20 minutes to complete, so you can choose which parts of the assessment are appropriate at a given time.
The assessment comprises six distinct modules, with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy:
Pupil responses are returned directly to CEM for analysis, so there is no need for data entry or teacher marking. You receive your feedback reports within 48 hours of completing the assessment.
The AfE InCAS assessment allows teachers to evaluate the performance of pupils within the national context, providing comparison to UK national averages. The assessment also enables you to identify unusual profiles, where an individual child may be more able, or where further investigation or interventions may be required to support learning.
The assessment also provides schools and Education Authorities in Scotland with a range of robust performance data, across cohorts and across time, to inform improvement planning and target-setting.
AfE InCAS feedback and reporting includes:
Age standardised scores offer an insight into pupil performance in the context of a nationally representative sample, in each section of the assessment.
Scores charts let you see the full profile of each child. The cognitive profile charts allow you to compare the age equivalent scores for an individual child across each section of the assessment.
Comparison charts can show the range of scores across a class or cohort, and can be viewed over time.
Individual schools in Scotland can sign up via the Costs and Registration Forms Page.
You might also be interested in AfE PIPS P1 baseline assessment, CEM’s assessment for identifying development on entry to P1 and measuring progress over the first year of school life.