What is the Yellis Secondary Baseline Assessment?

Yellis is a secondary baseline assessment for students aged 14-16, specifically designed to measure student performance, potential and attitudes in Year 10 and 11. The assessment is computer-based 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 Yellis Secondary Baseline Assessment work?

Yellis assesses three key cognitive areas which research shows are linked to later academic outcomes, involving a combination of multiple choice and free-entry answers:

  • Vocabulary – word fluency and understanding
  • Mathematics – logical thinking, manipulating numbers and numerical concepts
  • Non-verbal ability – ability to match patterns, reflections and rotations and apply visual intuition

Yellis also enables you to understand factors that may influence student progress and achievement with optional attitudinal questionnaires.

Vocab
Maths
Non Verbal

The Yellis assessment can be taken early in Year 10 or 11 to help identify student strengths and weaknesses, aid planning and set appropriate targets, or can be taken at the end of Year 9 to gain insight in advance of Year 10 on individuals or the whole cohort to inform placement decisions.

The assessment takes just 45 minutes to complete, and the data is returned directly to CEM for analysis, so there is no data entry or need for teacher marking.

Reports are available online within approximately 4 hours.

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 Yellis Secondary Baseline Assessment tell me?

With the Yellis assessment, your school can receive high quality baseline feedback to help you recognise student and cohort strengths and weaknesses and identify gifted students or those requiring interventions. Reliable predictions information helps you to set appropriate targets and develop learning plans accordingly.

You also receive ‘value-added’ reports, calculated using students’ baseline results and their GCSE grades. These can offer valuable insight into schools performance and help with tracking student progress.

Yellis assessment reporting and feedback includes:

  • Nationally standardised baseline scores – comparing student performance in relation to the national averages
  • Individual Pupil Record sheets – providing a visual breakdown of students’ relative strengths and weaknesses
  • Predictions and chances graphs – showing likely future performance at (I)GCSE to support target-setting
  • ‘Value-added’ progress evidence – showing performance at Key Stage 4 and progress to (I)GCSE

Example feedback for the Yellis 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 student performances, strengths and weeknesses in each section of the assessment.

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 visually detailing student performances, strengths and weeknesses in each section of the assessment.

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 get the Yellis Secondary Baseline Assessment?

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

Discover CEM’s other secondary and Post-16 assessment systems.

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