There was a previous trial in Wales in June 2012.
The main purpose of the standardisation exercise was to provide information about whole test functioning, to gather data in order to generate the progress scale and age-standardised scores and to finalise mark schemes and associated teacher guidance.
NFER also conducted, in collaboration with DfES, a markscheme review meeting involving teachers drawn from the four consortia covering both primary and secondary sectors across Wales.
The main purpose of the meeting was to gather evidence about the usability of the mark schemes and the time required to mark a ‘typical’ class set of 30 test papers.
NFER have used the information presented in these reports to refine and finalise the National Reading Tests.