MidYIS

Our MidYIS assessment helps you get to know your pupils at the start of Secondary school and understand the support they need

Quick Look

Age: 11-14 years (Scotland S1 - S2)
Sections: Vocabulary, Mathematics, Non-verbal ability and Skills
Average Duration: 50 minutes
Format: Digital (web based or download), Adaptive
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Find out what your students know and can do

Identify student strengths and see where support is needed

Set appropriate targets and develop learning plans

What is MidYIS?

MidYIS is a computer-adaptive assessment for pupils aged 11 to 14, that provides information to help you identify pupils strengths and weaknesses, and predict how students are likely to perform at (I)GCSE (Scotland National 3, 4 and 5 qualifications). Value-added data from MidYIS shows you the progress your children are making, and helps you see the impact your teaching is having.

How it works

MidYIS assesses four key areas which research shows are linked to later academic outcomes:

  • 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, perceptual speed and accuracy

As the assessment is adaptive, each student sees a unique assessment and is challenged at a level that is suitable for them, making it enjoyable, engaging, and efficient.

Flexible and efficient: choose when to assess

The MidYIS assessment is typically carried out at the start of the school year and takes approximately 50 minutes, fitting into a standard lesson. Alternatively MidYIS can be carried out in June/July at the end of the preceding school year to help with planning ahead of the new school year.

Each child completes the assessment independently, working at a computer meaning it can be carried out with as many pupils you can cater for in one sitting.

Easy to set-up and run

Every school has their own secure account through which they access the assessment and results. 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.

Results are available to download from the secure website within 48 hours, and there is no need for teacher marking or manual data entry.

Powerful information you can act upon

MidYIS can help you recognise student and cohort strengths and weaknesses, and identify gifted students or those in need of extra support. Reports include:

  • Nationally standardised scores – comparing student performance to national and independent school averages
  • Individual Pupil Record sheets – providing a visual breakdown of students’ relative strengths and weaknesses, helping you quickly pin point which pupils need extra support to get them on track
  • Predictions and chances graphs – showing likely future performance at GCSE to support target-setting. MidYIS predictions help you set realistic targets for pupils as they progress through secondary school, and enables you to track the effect they have
  • Value-added evidence for students and subjects – MidYIS value-added reports provide data to help you see the impact your work has in the classroom, showing progress to (I)GCSE
  • Attitudinal data that helps you understand children’s attitudes to their learning environment – find out what your students think of school life using the MidYIS attitudinal questionnaires

Talking about MidYIS

Teachers will build the use of this data into their planning to meet individual needs and into the student tracking system

Sue Holt, Head of Secondary School, The International Community School, Amman, Jordan

MidYIS provides statistically secure data from which we can set realistic yet challenging grade targets for our students.

Liz Devismes, The Marches School

School targets are set by each subject using a combination of the MidYIS standardised scores and teacher professional judgement

Mark Smith, Leader in Physics, Ysgol Dyffryn Taf

The intelligent use of high-quality information can enable a secure and smooth transition and for us at Hymer’s College. MidYIS provides much of the reliable and objective information that we need.

Ian Sanderson, Hymer’s College

How do other schools use MidYIS?

Track progress and plan support

We keep a close eye on the progress our pupils make throughout school. The MidYIS Chances Graphs help us see how likely it is that a student will achieve certain grades at GCSE, so we can plan appropriate support for each child to help them achieve the best they can.

See where each child is starting from

What we know about each child when they join us is often limited, and MidYIS is a great way of helping us quickly find out what level every child is working at. It also helps give us an idea about their longer term academic potential, and to see where extra support is needed.

Set realistic and motivational targets

The information we get from MidYIS plays an important part in helping us raise the aspirations of our students, helping them grow in confidence. We share the results with students and their parents, and the reports help us to set targets for each student that are both motivational and realistic.

Understand what’s working

The value-added information we get from MidYIS helps us see what is, and isn’t working. We look at the data across the whole school and it helps us to share best practice between departments.

Get a head start with planning

We do the MidYIS assessment every June with Year 6 pupils (our new Year 7 intake), as it allows us to get an idea of what each child can do before they start with us in September. This enables us to have conversations about plans and resources for the start of term.

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