The results from Psychometric Testing are not academic results and so are poorly designed to fit in the mark book. The mark book provides some use for assessments within a term, but does not do well at providing a good long term analysis of the results because of the fact that the results are limited to a single term.
Psychometric Testing in ADAM allows for these results to be recorded against a pupil’s profile and analysed over time to monitor progression.
ADAM can store two forms of results: those that are based on a numerical score (often normalised scores, such as IQ scores) or based on related age (for example, a “reading age” is used to assess a child’s reading ability based on the normal reading ability of children at specific ages).
Managing Psychometric Test Categories
The categories are useful to provide some virtual containers in which to store your assessments. You can manage these categories by navigating to Administration → Psychometric Testing → Manage Assessment Categories.
ADAM contains several default categories which you can either add to or even modify if you wish:
The option at the top of the page allows a short-cut to manage the psychometric assessments.
Click on the option Add new Psychometric Assessment Category to add a new one, or simply click on the edit option next to an existing one.
Very limited options are provided here: Enter a name and choose in which order this category should be displayed.
Managing Psychometric Tests
You can manage the assessments that are configured on the system by navigating to Administration → Psychometric Testing → Manage Assessments.
If an assessment results in an array of results it may be useful to set up an assessment for each metric since ADAM can only store one value per metric.
Adding a new Psychometric Assessment
Click on the option to Add a new Assessment.
Type in an appropriate name for the assessment.
You may type in a description for the assessment if you wish. This is not used for any important purposes and can be used to keep your own notes regarding the assessment and its implementation.
You will then choose a category for this assessment to fit into. The management of the categories is covered elsewhere in this document.
The most important aspect of this page is determining whether the test will require a numeric score or an age-based score to be recorded. Numeric scores can be used to store integer values whereas age-based scores will record an age in years and months.
Capturing Psychometric Test Results
The process for capturing assessment results can be done per individual or per class group.
For an individual
Navigate to Pupils → Psychometric Testing→ Record Assessment Results (by pupil). Enter the name of a pupil and click on the Next button.
Choose the Assessment Category and then the correct Assessment from the list. Click on the Next button.
Enter the date on which the assessment was conducted as well as the name of the Psychometrist, if known.
The Session Notes will contain the name of the pupil. These notes will allow you to identify this session from a list later if you need to edit the results and so you are advised against changing them if you don’t need to.
Finally, enter the result at the bottom of the screen. In the screenshot above, we are capturing a result for an age-based score and hence are asked to give a result in years and months.
Click on Save when you’re done.
For a class
Navigate to Pupils → Psychometric Testing → Record Assessment Results (by class).
Choose a subject from the list. The actual subject and class that is chosen is irrelevant. All ADAM wants is a group of pupils against which to record results. The name of the class will be used in the assessment notes. It is probably most useful to use a registration class here.
On the next screen, confirm the date of the assessment and the name of the psychometrist.
You will notice that there is no place to record results on this screen. Click on Next to begin recording the results.
ADAM will automatically show the pupils’ current ages in the dropdown lists. Simply adjust these to the assessed age.
If a pupil was absent for the assessment, simply check the box to record their absence. This can either be edited later, or added as a separate assessment.
Editing Psychometric Assessment Results
Navigate to Pupils → Psychometric Testing → Edit Assessment Results.
Select the assessment from the list. Please note that only assessments from the last 60 days can be edited. Click on the Edit Results button.
Change the results as you would if you were entering the results.
Viewing Psychometric Test Results
For an individual
In a pupil’s Information page, you will be able to view, under the heading Psychometric Tests, their results for the assessments that they have undergone.