National Agenda Testing in Abu Dhabi

The regulator has issued guidance for the academic year 2020/21 stating that all private schools in Abu Dhabi are required to administer “online standardised benchmark assessments”.

Guidance for mandatory testing with GL Progress Test Series assessments is set out below along with recommendations for additional assessments that will help schools in developing a more complete picture of their students’ learning needs.

ADEK has instructed schools to sign a revised data sharing agreement so that we are able to compile the reporting that they require. You can do this here.

Benchmark Testing with the PT Series - academic year 2020/21

All schools are required to carry out standardised benchmark assessments with their students in mathematics, science and English. 

To support schools to meet these requirements, our Progress Tests in maths, English and science are available for schools following UK, IB, SABIS, Bangladeshi, Canadian, Pakistani and Philippine curriculums.

Which students to test:

ADEK guidelines state that all students in Grade 3 / Year 4 to Grade 9 / Year 10 should be tested. Refer to the table below to identify the appropriate test for each Grade / Year.

Year (UK)

Grade (IB, Others)

Level: Progress Test Maths

Progress Test English

Progress Test Science

4

3

9

9

9

5

4

10

10

10

6

5

11

11

11

7

6

12

12

Not Required

8

7

13

13

13

9

8

14

14

14

10

9

15

15

15

Testing window:

The testing window is from 2nd May to 17th June 2021.

Recommended additional testing

Testing with other assessments will add insight and context to the information provided by the Progress Test Series.

Evaluating whether attainment is in line with expectations

In addition to the mandatory benchmark testing, schools will benefit from the additional insight provided by the Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) which provides a unique profile of students’ developed abilities and provides guidance for appropriate teaching strategies.

Testing with CAT4 at the start of the academic year will support schools in understanding their students’ developed abilities, likely academic potential and learning preferences - informing teaching and learning and supporting student feedback, progress monitoring and target setting for future attainment.

Automated combination reporting with CAT4 and the Progress Test Series will then provide a measure of whether student attainment is at, below or above expectations.

Find out more about CAT4 here.

Setting a baseline to measure progress over the academic year.

As well as providing a standardised measure of attainment at the end of the year, annual testing with the Progress Test Series provides schools with a reliable measure of whether students are making expected, lower than expected or higher than expected progress.

Schools that will be using the Progress Test Series for the first time can test students at the start of the academic year with the test for the previous year to set a baseline to establish this measure when they carry out mandatory testing at the end of the year. Schools that delayed testing at the end of the 2019-20 academic year due to school closures are encouraged to carry out that testing at the start of the year for the same reason.

Find out more about the Progress Test Series here.

Understanding students’ attitudes to learning and willingness to re-engage with school

The effect on students of a prolonged absence from school is something that many schools are concerned about.

The Pupil Attitudes to Self and School (PASS) survey is a reliable benchmark of student engagement and motivation used by international schools globally. The accompanying interventions have been strengthened with the addition of new strategies to address this specific challenge.

Find out more about PASS here.

Contact us at international@gl-education.com for more information and advice on how to use these other assessments to support teaching and learning in your school.

Data Sharing Agreement and Declaration of Use

All schools are required to sign and return a data sharing agreement.This enables us to share assessment data with school inspectors and regulators to support school evaluation.Bespoke inspection reports cannot be shared with you until we have received a revised agreement (signed after September 2020). Please note that all PT Series test data (including archived data) will be shared with the regulator.

Complete Data Sharing Agreement here

If you have any queries about data sharing, please contact us on international@gl-education.com

Updating Student Records

During registration, schools must clearly identify all Emirati students. Click here for further guidance on how to achieve this on the Testwise platform. 

Webinar – updating for new academic year.

Training

We offer a wide range of online training courses to support schools in using individual assessments as well as in analysing data from a wide range of tests to gain greater insight. With options including timetabled presentations, moderated courses with flexible working and completely self-guided content it’s easy to find a course that suits your needs and schedule.

Find out more on our training overview page.

Product Support

For additional information about administering the tests, understanding the reports and explanations of key concepts, please refer to the product support pages on our website:

Technical Support

During the testing window, we will be extending our office hours in order to provide technical support when needed. Details of timings for academic year 2020-21 will be confirmed closer to the testing window.

How to Order

Email international@gl-education.com with your testing requirements.