InCAS

Our flexible InCAS assessment helps you monitor and support the progress of children aged 5 to 11

Quick Look

Age: 5-11 years (Scotland P2-P7)
Sections: Reading, Spelling, Mathematics, Mental Arithmetic, Developed Ability and Attitudes
Average Duration: 20 minutes per section
Format: Digital (web based or download), Adaptive
Price: Click here for costs and sign up

Identify strengths and weaknesses to tailor learning

See progress with data that informs and supports your judgement

Flexibility: assess at a time that suits you and your pupils

What is InCAS?

InCAS is a computer-adaptive assessment that helps you identify and diagnose learning needs. It helps you measure progress in key developmental areas, which research shows are important to later academic success, across the primary phase.

Flexibility and choice: assess what you want, when you want

The assessment can be carried out once a year, and you can choose when you want to assess. You can use it formatively at the beginning of a school year, or to measure progress toward the end of a school year. You can also choose what you assess when - carry-out the entire assessment in one session or choose to assess different sections over a number of days – it’s up to you.

Easy to set-up and run

Every school has their own secure account through which they access the assessment and the feedback reports. The assessment can be completed online using the secure web shortcut, or downloaded to the local network or computer. We provide step by step guidance to help you set up and run the assessment.

How it works

Each child completes the assessment independently, working at a computer and guided by audio instructions, meaning it can be carried out with as many pupils as you can cater for. Feedback is available to download from the secure website within 48 hours.

Powerful information you can act upon

InCAS reports support senior leaders, middle leaders and classroom teachers to transform pupil learning. Reports from the assessment are easy to understand, and provide:

  • Age-standardised and age-equivalent scores – comparing pupil performance to average performance across the UK and by age

  • Diagnostic information on the strengths and weakness of pupils in:
    • Reading, including; word recognition, word decoding, comprehension and spelling
    • Maths, including: Number, measure, shape and space, data handling

  • Diagnostic reports on class and individuals quickly pin point which pupils need extra support to get them on track

  • Comparison charts showing the range of scores within a year group or across the school as a whole. These reports are great for senior leaders in providing indicators of strengths and weaknesses in the different assessment components. This helps identify areas that may require intervention within a year group.

  • Progress charts and Longitude charts linking InCAS assessments together over the years to show pupil progress

Advice and guidance

The assessment is accompanied by two research-based booklets on diagnosing and remediating maths and literacy problems. The guidance illustrates how you can use the assessment reports to spot pupil profiles that may require further investigation.

Talking about InCAS

InCAS is about identifying what children can and can’t do so you can then fill in the gaps. When we first did it, the teachers were so excited! They thought the level of detail in the feedback was amazing.

Karen Fowler, Michael Farraday

The kids enjoyed it, they didn’t even realise it was an assessment.

Justin Kilcullen-Nichols, St Georges

The InCAS data really helps us to see - we might think we know something, but InCAS really gives us the proof.

Siobhain Allum, St Paul’s

How do other schools use InCAS?

Consistent and independent baseline

We use InCAS as a consistent and independent baseline: it provides a stable measure of progress through curriculum change and exam reform.

Develop detailed learning plans

InCAS provides a wealth of valuable pupil data, which feeds in to detailed learning plans we put together for each child.

Discover hidden strengths

InCAS helps us to identify those children that often hide their strengths in class.

Track progress of individual pupils

We do the InCAS assessment every June, as we feel it allows us to get a better measure of progress made over the current academic year. This enables me to have a conversation with current teachers about progress for individual pupils as well as classes as a whole.

See potential and progress

InCAS provides an objective measure of potential and progress that supports the conversations we have with parents about expectations and areas where support is needed.

Compare with other pupils

InCAS gives us a benchmark as to see how our pupils compare with other pupils of the same age.

Identify patterns or trends

We use the InCAS data in our termly pupil progress meeting, alongside our own tracking data, to see how the children are progressing. It’s really useful to see any patterns or trends in the data.

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