INCAS test scores(8 Posts)
How to identify gifted children based on INCAS test results?
I didn't think INCAS gave a range, so how do you know how well the child has performed in comparison?
Tested at the age of 7 and 9, 4-5 years above for maths and reading
INCAS assesses educational attainment not ability so it's not really designed to test "giftedness" - but a child who is performing 4-5 years ahead of the typical child of his or her age may well be very able.
M&S childrens primary did Incas
A score of 100 is the average expected eith a plus/minus of 20 deviation
A score less than 70 is performing way below expectations.
120-129 is above average
130 & above is exceptional. At my childrens school children with a score of 130 plus were invited to an extension group.
Anyone know how to convert incas age scores to percentiles and standard Scores? We've had age equivalent score only at parents evening.
An INCAS score was described to me as a bell curve where 85% will score within 30 points of the average. Over 130 for example would be the top 7.5%. The top score of 145 (why 145 I do not know!) is the top half percent. When DD got 145 in maths two years in a row we were pleased, proud etc. Yes she is vying for top of the class but there are are other girls who don't do so well in the INCAS scores but in day to day maths at school are ahead of DD for a while, then she is back on good form and takes the lead, I wouldn't say my daughter is a maths genius if anything she is probably mildly above average. That is not a stealth boast or a put down of my own child, it is intended as an observation that from my experience the scores aren't always reflective . I know children who seem far more gifted than DD in their maths ability and get within the core range of INCAS. The teachers seem to agree they are only a guide and one test on the day that can throw up anomalies. I think some aspects like reading age are given ages, some, like maths has points. I don't think they have both types of score for each so you can't convert but someone may come along and correct me.
I think the test really helped us because we knew at home our daughter was a little stronger in subjects than the teachers were picking up within class. You never want to be that cocky parent though! But I felt she was bored so getting really simple sums wrong. Yet at home she could do fractions, multiplication quite easily. I say that because we get in term 1 an overall opinion on our child and then the following term we get a Incas result and they’ve always contradicted one another. So it’s helped us knowing that it wasn’t just us and it helped bother teacher and parent (us) identify targets and how we could get our child to her full potential or be challenged in a healthy way. For so long we didn’t know where our child was. She scored I think 135 on this test when we were expecting Lower purely from teachers feedback. She was around 7 at the time. By the end of the year her report was much stronger so it s a great way of helping to identify areas. Her teacher was lovely and was equally confused because she’d get 100% in complex stuff and then easy stuff just stumbled. It certainly helped us with recognizing this but I know every child is different. On the other hand my son can retain a lot of information and does much better in the classroom than in tests so they’re complete opposites so I see from both views. Both are as equally as competent but having a range of systems prevents children with potential slipping through the net which can happen. Great to read other views on this.
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