What is the MidYIS assessment?

MidYIS is a baseline assessment for secondary school for students aged 11-14, designed to measure student aptitude for, and attitude to, learning. It is designed to monitor student progress throughout KS3 and facilitate transition to KS4 with value-added progress measures and target-setting information for external examinations. The assessment is computer-delivered and taken individually by each student. As the assessment is adaptive, each student 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.

What’s unique about CEM assessments?

CEM’s assessments are all adaptive. This means that questions are tailored to the individual student, 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.

How does the MidYIS assessment work?

MidYIS assesses students in key cognitive areas which research shows are linked to later academic outcomes. The assessment comprises four separate, timed modules, always following the same order of vocabulary, mathematics, non-verbal and skills:

  • Vocabulary – word fluency and understanding
  • Mathematics – logical thinking, manipulating numbers and numerical concepts
  • Non-verbal ability – recognising shapes, matching patterns, applying spatial awareness and visual intuition
  • Skills, such as proofreading, and perceptual speed and accuracy
Vocab
Maths
Cross Sections

The MidYIS baseline assessment includes three optional attitudinal questionnaires for students and parents in order to support pastoral care.

The MidYIS assessment is typically carried out at the start of the school year and takes approximately 50 minutes, or alternatively can be carried out at the end of the preceding school year to facilitate department planning and pastoral provision.

An easy and flexible experience for teachers, you can stop and restart the assessment as required, activate or lock the assessment for the whole year with one click, and data is submitted to CEM directly for processing, so there is no need for teacher marking or manual data entry.

What can the MidYIS assessment tell me?

With MidYIS assessments, your school will receive high quality baseline feedback to help you recognise student and cohort strengths and weaknesses, and identify gifted students or those requiring interventions. Reliable “predictive” information helps you to set appropriate targets for the individual student, class or subject and develop learning plans accordingly.

You also receive ‘value-added’ reports or progress, calculated using students’ baseline results and their (i)GCSE grades. The value-added analysis compares the outcomes of students of similar ability in relation to their baseline. These can offer valuable insight into your school’s performance and help with tracking student progress, school self-evaluation and inspection.

MidYIS assessment reporting and feedback includes:

  • Nationally standardised scores – comparing student performance in relation to the national and independent school averages
  • Individual Pupil Record sheets – providing a visual breakdown of students’ relative strengths and weaknesses
  • Predictions and chances graphs – showing likely future performance at GCSE to support target-setting
  • ‘Value-added’ evidence for students and subjects – showing progress to (I)GCSE

Example feedback for the MidYIS assessment:

The Individual Pupil Record Chances graphs Value-added charts

The Individual Pupil Record offers standardised scores and a breakdown of Vocabulary, Mathematics and Non-verbal scores visually detailing pupils' baseline developing abilities at the start of school.

Chances graphs offer a picture of likely future outcome, expressed as a percentage chance, in each subject, for individual students and across subjects.

Value-added charts show performance for each subject, demonstrating where attainment is broadly in line with, above or below expectation.

The Individual Pupil Record

The Individual Pupil Record offers standardised scores and a breakdown of Vocabulary, Mathematics and Non-verbal scores enabling accurate comparison of abilities.

Chances graphs

Chances graphs offer a picture of likely future outcome, expressed as a percentage chance, in each subject, for individual students and across subjects.

Value-added charts

Value-added charts show performance for each subject, demonstrating where attainment is broadly in line with, above or below expectation.

How can I purchase the MidYIS assessment?

Find out more about prices and how to sign up at the Costs and Registration Forms Page.

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