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MIDYIS results - what do they mean!!!

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by KatyJo, May 21, 2007.

  1. Hi

    I am a HOD trying to get my head round MIDYIS results. Does anyone have a guide as to what the numbers actually mean?
    These are 4 students we teach:

    Vocab Maths Non-verb skills score
    75 83 80 100 76
    124 120 107 91 125
    74 94 98 117 81
    90 101 119 103 94

    What do these numbers mean!!

    I seem to remember someone mentioning that 100 is 'normal' but can anyone put any meat on the bones for me?!?!?

  2. sorry the numbers were in columns - seems to have unformatted itself!!
  3. If that's all you've been given, your data person sure is ****e. Last school I worked in used MidYIS, YElLIS and ALIS (GCSE and A Level for the last two) as well. As a class teacher we got graphs that contained these numbers and scores etc. but the key things we got were target grades based on the data which was a bit more helpful.

    These tests come from an organisation linked to Durham Uni - that might be place to start looking.
  4. Midyis results are standardised to give a mean score of 100. Each pupil is placed in a band depending on which quartile they are in e.g. a student in the top quartile will be in band A. This gives a profile for each cohort.

    There is a correlation between the areas and different subjects:

    Vocab ? English, History, MFL

    Maths ? Maths, Physics, Chemistry

    Skills ? MFL

    Non-verbal ? Maths, Geog, Art, Science,Drama,DT

    If a pupil has a score of over 130 they are considered to be gifted and talented.

    You should also be provided with predicted grades for KS3 and GCSE. These come in the form of chances graphs for each pupil and each cohort. As a HoD this is the most useful info as you can use value added / residual information to find out how well your department is doing.

    The website is www.cemcentre.org
  5. Forgot to say you get a table of predicted results as well as the chances graphs.
  6. Thanks for the explanations - I think I need to sit down with our data person and for them to show me what I can have as a HOD
  7. Nicola066

    Nicola066 New commenter

    How many bands are there?

    I've got some MidYIS scores that I need to interpret for a student but I'm struggling to work out what they mean in terms of which bands students can be grouped into and what the descriptors are for scores e.g. average, below average etc.

    If anyone can help with this I'd be grateful
  8. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    Try the MidYIS Explained video on their website: https://www.cem.org/midyis

    The scores are standardised - mean 100, standard deviation 15; the graphs show the 95% confidence limits for each measure. There are also quartiles given - top 25%, next 25% and so on; and stanines which are top 1/9, next 1/9th and so on. If you need these measures explained, ask a tame member of your maths dept, or a statistically-trained science teacher.

    Be aware that MidYIS and other baseline measures are just one tool in your toolbox; they need to be used with the understanding of individual pupils by their academic tutors and their teachers, and also with other information (educational psychologists, for example).

    And remember also that value-added is a zero-sum game. If 10 schools show a positive VA score, then logically 10 schools must show a negative score. Doesn't stop you wanting to be in the first group, of course, just as a Championship team that's promoted means a Premiership team gets demoted.

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