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MissDuke Wed 27-Mar-13 12:06:02

I am struggling to understand my daughter's scores that are on her IEP. The school told me they are fine, but I am not sure, so would greatly appreciate some advice before I speak to the school again. She is 8 and has been referred (by the Community Paediatrician) for an autism assessment, as she has significant social, emotional and sensory issues. She is also dues to be seen in school soon by a multi-disciplinary team that come in and assess her, and make a plan to help the school to better manage her needs.

Her 'NRIT' (I think this is non-verbal reasoning?) is 100 - which I know is great. I don't understand though how this tested? This test was done a year ago.

Her 'NFER Eng' is 90. Her 'NFER Maths' is 84. There is also the following, I have no idea if this means anything -

R.A (SRT) Sp Age (BAS) Sp.St. Score (BAS)

Can anyone help me to make sense of any of this? I am very concerned with her maths, and don't feel she is progressing with it at all. I work on it a lot at home, but don't feel we are moving forward. After a lot of pushing, they are giving her an hour of maths once a week when most of the class are at hymn singing. This isn't as good as it sounds, it doesn't always happen and there are 8-10 children there, half of which are actually doing English, so it isn't one to one or anything.

Should they have referred her to the educational psychologist?

Thanks x

cazzybabs Wed 27-Mar-13 12:12:20

100 is national average .... I would have thought 84 would mean they would monitor her but I am not sure it is low enough for EP (although I don't teach in the state sector).

Maybe they have looked back and she has improved her score??? I dont' know. I think maybe you need to ask for a meeting and discuss it with them.

LIZS Wed 27-Mar-13 12:20:39

84 is just below the "average" bracket of 85-115 so, given tolerance, no real cause for concern . They are normally marked out of 140 or 145. The abbreviations are spelling age/standardised score I think.

Periwinkle007 Wed 27-Mar-13 12:27:13

I can't help at all with the IEP I'm afraid, I had to google to see what one was. It would be helpful if they gave you a standard leaflet of some sort with how to understand it from the sounds of things.

Non verbal reasoning I THINK is tested through diagrams and patterns so things like triangle square triangle square triangle what comes next sort of stuff. Mensa use a load of these in some of their tests so the childrens ones are presumably just on a more basic level.

LIZS Wed 27-Mar-13 12:28:51

NVR is based on patterns, shapes, sequences, logic problems. Tests underlying thought process rather than knowledge.

MissDuke Wed 27-Mar-13 13:02:03

Ah very interesting, thanks everyone!! I definitely will have another meeting after Easter, but just want to make sure I am well prepared.

They did another maths a couple of weeks ago and she scored 15 out of 60, but as it is scored totally differently, it can't be compared with her previous mark, so I am unsure what the point of it was!

trinity0097 Wed 27-Mar-13 17:00:30

Whilst the 84 is slightly below the official average, the reality is that your child will struggle with Maths with a score that low, I tend to find that any child under 100 finds Maths quite a challenge (I am a Maths teacher).

MissDuke Wed 27-Mar-13 21:44:16

Thanks Trinity, that's good to know x

lisson Wed 27-Mar-13 22:10:00

Two thirds of children your daughters age will get a score between 85 and 115. The average child will get 100.
So if 2/3rds get 85 to 115, the 1/6 get above 115 and the other 1/6th get below 85.

Basically it means that 1 in every 6 children would do worse than your daughter at whatever she got 84 on.

MissDuke Thu 28-Mar-13 22:49:18

Thanks, that explains it really well!

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