PASS - Pupil Attitudes to Self and School
for ages 4 years to 18+ years,
inschool implementation settings
Test duration 15-20 minutes
Online test format
on Pages 19-22
Proactively Identify and Address Social & Emotional Barriers to Learning
Effective learning starts with the social and emotional well-being of students. PASS helps identify fragile learners who are held back by factors such as a lack of confidence, motivation, or connection to school. By uncovering how students feel about themselves and school, educators can give them the support they need to thrive.
PASS data can equip schools to assess the effectiveness of existing school practices, and proactively address and prevent social and emotional barriers to learning at both a school-wide and individual level.
Listen to Nick Jensen, Principal, Kiwitahi School discuss PASS driving decision making at their school.
PASS Attitudinal Assessment
PASS assesses students’ attitudes towards themselves as learners and their attitudes to school in order to understand internal and complex reasons behind behavioural issues, low attendance levels, poor attainment and mental health and wellbeing issues.
PASS is a survey style of assessment that consists of 50 statements (for secondary school) or 27 statements (for primary school). It explores 3 areas related to student attitude: Contextual, Self-Regard and Motivational. It does this through the use of 9 Standardised Attitudinal Measures or Factors that link to key educational goals.
What it measures
1. Feelings about school
Explores whether a pupil feels secure, confident and included in their learning community.
2. Perceived learning capability
Offers an insight into a pupil’s level of self-respect, determination and openness to learning, in the current moment.
Equivalent to self-worth, this measure is focused specifically on self-awareness as a learner, highlighting levels of motivation and determination in the long-term.
4. Preparedness for learning
This measure covers areas such as study skills, attentiveness and concentration, looking at the pupil’s determination and openness to learning.
5. Attitudes to teachers
This measures a young person’s perceptions of the relationships they have with the adults in school. A low score can flag a lack of respect.
6. General work
Highlights the pupil’s aspirations and motivation to succeed in life, this measure focuses on purpose and direction, not just at school, but beyond
7. Confidence in learning
Identifies a pupil’s ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with a challenge.
8. Attitudes to attendance
Correlating very highly with actual attendance 12 months later, this measure enables teachers to intercede earlier with strategies to reduce the likelihood of truancy.
9. Response to curriculum demands
This measure focuses more narrowly on school-based motivation to undertake and complete curriculum-based tasks, highlighting the pupil’s approach to communication and collaboration.
Features of PASS
- 27 language options to support ESOL students.
- Students can have questions read to them at the click of a button.
- PASS automatically generates multi-level reports at school/individual level that are easy to read using a clear traffic light system that helps to pinpoint high risk students.
- Reports provide insights into nine factors, allowing schools to clearly identify barriers to learning such as disengagement, low self-worth, bullying, and the risk of absenteeism.
- Demographic data allows schools to ensure equity in education at every stage of the process.
- PASS data allows schools to start the conversation that will ultimately improve student confidence, behaviour, attendance, and achievement, as aligned to ESSA's non-academic standards.
- Detailed information about the each PASS Factor, how this might manifest in the classroom, questions to consider from whole school, class, or individual perspective, and practical intervention strategies.
- 70+ Interventions linked directly to specific areas of PASS, providing practical next steps and classroom guidance. Includes 'Reconnections' - a bank of additional strategies specifically designed to build pupil confidence after a prolonged absence from school.
Note - PASS is only relevant in the context of the physical school environment, so only available for implementation in a school setting.