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SATS Information for Parents (2017)


2016 National Changes to Statutory Key Stage 2 Assessment Information

In 2016 changes were made to the SATS assessment and we want to ensure our parents are aware of the changes. 

Following the introduction of the new National Curriculum, the assessments are now much more rigorous and challenging than previous years. The expectation has increased.

In previous years, the children were given a level, e.g. 4A/4B, based on teacher assessment and a test level based on a SAT (Standard Attainment Test) in reading, SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and maths. The national expected standard at the end of year six was 4B.

In previous years, the children were given a best fit level for teacher assessments (reading, writing, maths and science) and the test (reading, maths and SPaG). In teacher assessments, children did not have to match every criterion to have reached a level.

As part of the national curriculum review, levels have been abolished. From 2016, scaled scores will be used to report national curriculum test outcomes. We do know that scale 100 will always represent the ‘national standard’. The scale will have a lower end point below 100 and an upper end point above 100. The government have not yet set this national scale. Therefore the raw score that children will get on a test will translate to a scaled score. Schools have no indication what this raw score will be at the moment.

The way that teacher assessments are made has also changed. We will not be assessing children against exactly the same criteria as the test; therefore the teacher assessment and the test result could differ from each other. For the teacher assessment, the children must have reached the required standard and have evidence for all the criteria on the teacher assessment statements. However in the test, they are being tested on a broader selection of end-of-key stage two requirements and pupils may respond better to some aspects than others.

This means a child needs to meet all of the criteria per subject to reach the expected standard. The full document can be found at:

2017 National Curriculum Assessment KS2 Assessment & Reporting Arrangements (ARA)

Our teaching staff continue to work extremely hard to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum whilst preparing pupils for the end of year assessment.  The tests will take place nationally during week commencing 8th May 2017.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask us.