KS3 Literacy & Numeracy

Why do we have national tests in Wales?

The national tests have been developed specifically for use in Wales and are in line with what children are being taught in our schools. Schools have always used a variety of tests to check how well children are doing. With the national tests, which are based on the curriculum in Wales, teachers have consistent, detailed information on each individual learner’s development and progress in reading and numeracy. The tests can also show where individual children may need more help to improve their skills. Beginning in the 2018/19 academic year, online personalised assessments will be phased in over a three-year period, starting with procedural numeracy. Over time the online assessments will replace the current paper-based national tests. In the new assessments the difficulty level of the questions will adjust to provide a personalised experience for each learner.