Understanding Primary Assessment
If you have a child in Year 2 or Year 6 they will be taking they national curriculum tests; the SATs. They are designed to provide information about how your child is progressing when compared to national averages.
It is important to note that they are not qualifications and do not affect your child's future options in school, but that the results are used to help teachers pitch their lessons at the appropriate level for their classes, with a view to helping children reach their full potential.
In Year 1, children undertake phonics screening. This is to check the progress they have made in their early reading.
In Year 2, two new tests were introduced in 2016: An arithmetic test to check mathematic ability, and an optional test of grammar punctuation and spelling which schools may choose to administer.
In Year 6, the main changes to tests in 2016 were: The inclusion of questions to assess new areas of core national curriculum subjects and a new arithmetic test to check your child is progressing with basic mathematic fundementals.
- A scaled score of 100 is the expected standard for KS2 SATs
- In 2017 the average scaled score was 104 in reading, 104 in maths and 106 in grammar, punctuation and spelling