NZCER provides average scale score progress benchmarks (see attached) for each year group based on valid student scale scores from the term 1 standardisation trials. The 12 month scale progress benchmarks (four terms) can be used as a guide to compare individual student /class progress between two assessment time points.  i.e over two terms = 50% of the average progress score. NZCER does not recommend PATs  being used more than twice a year.

Each subject has its own scale for measuring  the difficulty of the questions and the student’s level of skill and knowledge, based on the questions they answered correctly.  Each scale  aligns broadly with  NZC curriculum levels, and runs through every test in any one subject, representing Level 1 -5 of the curriculum. The scale can be used at any time to measure student position, in line with curriculum levels, or, calculate progress against average progress benchmarks .