Does anyone have any experience of PIRA and PUMA scores? Please could you help me understand them?
My son is in year one at an independent school. He's just got 115 in PIRA and 98 in PUMA. His school won't give any context and I'm struggling to find anything helpful online. However, I'd like to know thresholds of what the scores mean so that I can understand what I should be expecting him to get, assuming he has no unknown learning difficulties, and also assuming he's not a mega brain, just a well educated, confident child.
I'm comfortable with the 115. We do a lot of reading at home, he's a March child and reading purple books on the Oxford Book Bands, and does well in weekly spelling tests. I trust that it's a fair assessment of his reading potential.
I'm not comfortable with the 98. Generally, he's a bright, curious and eager child, and loves school. I question why it's so low and wonder if the maths teaching at school is inadequate. Because school won't give me the range of scores in the year, I can't know if my son is struggling with the maths others are grasping, or if he's not being taught it in the first place. His school is a good all-rounder, though has a slight reputation among some parents of not being academic enough (though school obviously denies this and claims it's a result of being non-selective).
Equally, Numbots is the only numeracy we do at home, which only started this term, and there are no weekly tests / challenges at school for us to practise with him. So we're going to pull our socks up and create some of our own numeracy homework.
From what I understand, 100 is a national average, normalised for age, across both independent and state schools. Scores of 125+ equate to super smart, while 115 is generally smart (though please correct me if I'm wrong).
What PUMA scores have your children got in year one? If you're a teacher, what PUMA score would you expect a generally bright and keen child to get in year one? Finally, how broadly used are PIRA and PUMA?