Please note that there were no statutory assessments in the academic year 2019-2020 due to the COVID pandemic, so the results below are the latest published results from the year before:
The full set of results can be viewed here
In 2014 the Department for Education announced changes to the National Curriculum. As part of the changes, the ‘levels’ system previously used to report on children’s attainment was removed. From 2016, SATs results were reported using scaled scores.
A score of 0 means pupils in the school, on average, do about as well at KS2 as pupils nationally with similar prior attainment
A positive score means pupils in the school, on average, do better at KS2 than pupils nationally with similar prior attainment
A negative score means pupils in the school, on average, do worse at KS2 than pupils nationally with similar prior attainment
Each child is given a scaled score as a number. This is based on his/her raw score – the number of marks he/she receives in a test.
Children may achieve a score of:
• Below 100, meaning they have not achieved the ‘expected standard’
• 100, meaning that they have reached the ‘expected standard’
• Above 100, meaning that they have exceeded the ‘expected standard’
For children in year 2 taking the Key Stage (KS) 1 tests, scores range from 85 to 115. In year 6 (KS2) they range from 80 to 120. A child who reaches the expected standard (100 or above) is considered to be ready for the next stage of his or her education.
Scaled scores help test results to be reported consistently from one year to the next. For example, if two children achieve the same scaled scores in different tests in different years, they will have the same level of attainment.
Most children in year 2 will have taken tests in maths and reading. Teachers convert children’s raw scores into scaled scores to see if they have met the national standard. They combine this information with what they already know from teaching your child. You will find out whether your child has met the standard of the test, but the scores won’t be published. If you would like to see your child’s score, please contact the school.
Most children in year 6 will have taken tests in maths, reading, and grammar, punctuation and spelling. Each child registered for the tests receives a raw score, a scaled score and clear confirmation as to whether they have met the national standard. This information is included in your child’s end-of-year report. Some schools also took ‘sample’ science tests, however these results are not reported.
There is no reason to worry. The tests are designed to help identify where children may need extra support as early as possible. Your child will also receive teacher assessment results which help to give a broader picture of how well they are doing. If you have any concerns, please speak to your child’s teacher.
SATs tests have been reported using scaled scores since 2016. The government has said that the new system cannot be compared with the old levels system, before 2016.