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School Survey on Reading Assessment

Poor reading skills are a major barrier to learning, especially at secondary school. Poor readers are likely to have been disproportionately affected by home schooling during the pandemic, and the gap between poor and good readers is likely to have widened during successive lockdowns.  

Many schools use standardised tests to assess reading comprehension, determine pupils’ reading age or identify struggling readers. This information could be used to target support in the wake of the pandemic and beyond.

 The Centre for Applied Education Research (CAER), in association with Born in Bradford, is conducting a 3-minute, anonymous survey of reading assessment practices across Bradford secondary schools.  The aims are: 

  • To record current practice across the city and share the (anonymous) information with schools; 
  • To provide targeted information enabling schools to use more effectively the reading assessment data they collect; 
  • To inform the creation (by CAER) of a complementary test to identify the source of difficulties experienced by poor readers. 

We would like to invite your school to take part in this survey using the link below:  

Individuals and schools will not be identifiable in any subsequent report(s). The findings will be publicly available on the CAER website.  

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Lydia Gunning.