Key Stage 2 SATs 2017-18
What are SATs?
Your child will have sat SAT tests while in Year 2. They are standardised tests which all 11 year old children take in school in England. They assess reading, grammar, spelling and Maths (arithmetic and Reasoning) skills. Once completed, the tests are sent away and externally marked, to be returned usually in July. They assess the learning of children from Year 3 to 6, testing the whole key stage objectives.
This year, a sample of schools will be selected to complete a science SAT - this is selected and administered by the DFE, we will be informed at a later date. We do not get the results back, but they are used to track national science teaching progress at KS2.
When are they?
The tests take place W/C Monday 14th May 2018. The final timetable will be released later int he academic year.
Science sample (if selected) - Monday 4th or Monday 11th June 2018.
How are the tests marked?
The children will sit the tests during May, and we will receive their results around mid July. The maths, SPAG and reading papers are all sent away and externally marked.
There isn't a writing test. How is writing levelled?
The children's writing is assessed by the Year 6 teachers, and often an external moderator comes to check our levelling. We look at the children's best work from the whole of year 6, and use this as a basis for our assessment which is why it is so important that the children work hard throughout the year. The children are given a level for their overall writing (working below the national standard, working at the national standard, exceeding the national standard).
In previous years, your child was assessed against a level system, with an average Year 6 pupil being expected to achieve a level 4b in their reading, writing and maths.
This system has been abolished and now, when you receive your child's SATs results you will be given the "raw score" that they achieved in their test, (in other words the number of correct responses they gave in the test, which could be out of 70 for Grammar and Spelling, or 110 for the Maths paper or 50 for the Reading paper).
Then, you will also receive a "scaled score" which is between 85 and 120.
The scaled scores mean:
If you have any questions about this, please don't hesitate to ask a member of the Year 6 team.