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SATS

Information for Parents: 2018 SATS

Information for parents: 2017 national curriculum tests at the end of key stages 1 and 2

 

In 2016 the new national curriculum tests (commonly called SATs) were introduced to reflect the revised national curriculum launched in 2014. Test results are no longer reported as levels. Scaled scores are used instead to help calculate the new progress measures for schools.

What has changed?

The way primary school performance is measured at the end of key stage 2 (KS2) has changed. Instead of measuring progress for individual pupils, the new measures consider progress at a school level.

Progress measures provide parents with information to help them understand how their school is performing and to inform school choices.

In order to calculate the school level progress measures, pupils’ results (at KS2) are compared with the achievements of pupils across the country that had a similar starting point (prior attainment). Prior attainment is based on teacher assessment at key stage 1 (KS1). Schools have progress measures published for 3 subjects: reading, writing and maths.

There are 2 main advantages to the new progress measures:

 • they are fairer to schools because we can compare pupils with similar starting points.

 • they recognise the progress schools make with all their pupils, highlighting the best schools whose pupils go furthest, whatever their starting point.

What progress measures mean?

Most schools’ progress scores are between −5 and +5.

If a school has a score of 0, it means that, on average, their pupils achieved similar results at the end of KS2 (end of year 6) to pupils in other schools with similar results at the end of KS1 (end of year 2).

If a school has a positive score, it means that, on average, their pupils made more progress than pupils in other schools with similar results at the end of KS1.

For example:

A score of +3 in reading means that, on average, pupils at the school got 3 scaled score points more in the KS2 English reading test, compared to other pupils nationally with similar results at the end of KS1.

A negative score doesn’t mean a school has failed or pupils have made no progress. It means that, on average, their pupils made less progress than pupils in other schools with similar results at the end of KS1.

For example: a score of −4 in maths means that, on average, pupils got 4 scaled score points fewer in the KS2 maths test, compared with other pupils nationally with similar results at the end of KS1.

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