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PiRA Key Stage 3

PiRA Key Stage 3

Progress in Reading and Language Assessment

Progress in Reading and Language Assessment (PiRA) is a suite of standardised termly tests that enable schools to accurately measure and predict progress in reading and compare performance to national averages.

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Published by RS Assessment from Hodder Education, part of the Hodder Education Group.

"We love the idea of a suite of standardised tests that will allow us to track improvement in a meaningful way throughout KS3" - William Boyce, Alterman Peel High School

“The tests provide an appropriate introduction to GCSE-style content. We would recommend the tests to other schools for familiarising students with the layout of GCSE exams.” - Kayleigh Thomas, English Teacher, Kenton School

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Progress in Reading and Language Assessment (PiRA) for Key Stage 3 enables schools to accurately measure and predict students' progress in reading and compare performance to national averages using standardised scores. 

These standardised assessments, available for Years 7, 8 and 9, enable schools to:

  • monitor progress as pupils develop the knowledge and skills they need for GCSE

  • see how groups of pupils are performing against other pupils nationally

  • gain reliable diagnostic and predictive information.

Discounts available for large cohorts. Contact your local consultant for details

Curriculum maps are included

PiRA KS3 works alongside any KS3 reading scheme. Curriculum maps are provided to summarise which topics are covered in each test. This enables schools to check that they have taught all content covered in each test.

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PiRA KS3 is supported by free online gap analysis and reporting on MARK (My Assessment and Reporting Kit).
  • See how a student has performed compared to others of his/her age or year group nationally
  • Provide evidence of whether students have made good progress across the key stage
  • Instantly see gaps in knowledge to inform teaching
To access MARK, you need to process a "free" order. This enables us to keep your data safe. 

For help getting set up on MARK, and to view sample reports and marksheets visit our support hub

Mapping to GCSE grades

Our GCSE predictions will be available in 2020 for Year 9, 2021 for Year 8, and 2022 for Year 7. These accurate and robust predictions will be based on statistical analysis of student performance.

Provisional mapping to GCSE grades

Download mapping tables that enable you to look up any score on our PiRA KS3 tests, and view the GCSE grade that each student may go on to achieve when they sit their English Language GCSE.

Tables for all tests are available here 

Please be advised that orders of PiRA KS3 are restricted to schools/institutions only. Please supply an institutional address when you place your order as we are unable to fulfil orders with a private address.

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