IPAS Science is a thoroughly researched test for measuring and tracking student achievement to provide objective, externally referenced information to teachers about the level of achievement attained by their students in the skills and understanding of science, aligned with the National Curriculum. It provides teachers with objective information for setting realistic learning goals and planning effective programmes.
IPAS Science tests are designed to assess science knowledge, scientific literacy and understanding of scientific principles, as well as their application. The tests cover Food, Shelter, Living, Material and other areas as defined in the National Curriculum.
There are nine IPAS Science tests, with content appropriate for each year level from Year 2 to Year 10. All of the IPAS Science test forms are calibrated on a single measurement scale, allowing teachers to compare student performance irrespective of which test form is used. The single scale used for reporting means teachers can use tests of varying difficulty in the same class, based on their expert judgement, and still compare student performance irrespective of which test form is used. This allows more accurate measurement of individual students at different stages of learning. Most importantly, it also allows accurate and fair comparisons over time, in particular monitoring a student’s or a cohort’s progress from year to year.