National Foundation for Educational Research

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In existence since 1946, NFER is a registered charity with a wide portfolio of activity in the field of educational research and testing. Its stated aim is to ‘improve education and training, nationally and internationally, by undertaking research, development and dissemination activities and by providing information services’. Regarded with respect both nationally and internationally for producing high‐quality evidence‐based information, NFER has also been instrumental in informing government policy. Although perhaps best known for its national curriculum tests and other school‐based tests, the organization has developed ability and attainment tests for wide‐ranging application including the driving theory test. NFER's test of cognitive ability, referred to widely in schools as the CAT test, assesses numerical, non‐verbal, and verbal reasoning, and supplies a forecast of the level of attainment a pupil can expect to achieve in national tests. This information supports the planning of teaching and learning and offers guidance for personalized learning. Commissioned regularly to undertake independent research and evaluation, NFER selects a project methodology that is best suited to the needs of the commissioning client. To facilitate the dissemination of research findings in order that the research can be useful to a wide audience of policy‐makers and practitioners, the organization offers services in marketing, media management, and publishing. NFER has a comprehensive and free national and international information service available to members of the public, which sits alongside a dedicated service for local authorities. The organization also produces publications for purchase. See also voluntary organizations.

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Trisha Bowen,


Liz Ellis

Subjects: Education.

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