Key Stage 2 SATS 2019
KS2 SATs were overhauled to be in line with the new national curriculum in May 2016. If your child will be sitting Y6 SATs in 2018, read on for the most up-to-date information for parents.
In the summer term of 2016, children in Year 2 and Year 6 were the first to take the new papers. The new-style SATs for English and maths reflect the new national curriculum, and are more rigorous than previous years' tests. There is also a completely which has replaced national curriculum levels.
At the end of Year 6, children sit tests in:
- Spelling, punctuation and grammar
These tests are both set and marked externally, and the results are used to measure the school’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.Key Stage 2 Reading
The reading test is a single paper with questions based on three passages of text.
There will be a selection of question types, including:
- , e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’
- , e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’
- , e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’
- , e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’
- , e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins . How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.’
From 2018 the Department for Education has announced that the reading content of the KS2 SATs will be more closely linked to the curriculum to ensure children are drawing on their knowledge when answering reading comprehension questions.
GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION and SPELLING
The grammar, punctuation and spelling test consists of two parts: a requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an , lasting around 15 minutes.
The grammar and punctuation test will include two sub-types of questions:
- , e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’
- , e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explai
Children sit three papers in maths:
- Paper 1: , 30 minutes
- Papers 2 and 3: , 40 minutes per paper
Paper 1 will consist of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division. Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types, including:
- Multiple choice
- True or false
- Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table or chart
- Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem
Key Stage 2 science
. However, a number of schools will be required to take part in science sampling: a test administered to a selected sample of children thought to be representative of the population as a whole. Science sampling testing will take place in the weeks commencing Monday 4 June 2018 and Monday 11 June 2018.
For those who are selected, there will be three papers:
- : 25 minutes, 22 marks
- : 25 minutes, 22 marks
- : 25 minutes, 22 marks
It sounds very intimidating, but these are ‘questions in a physics/chemistry/biology context’, for example:
Biology: ‘Describe the differences in the life cycle of an amphibian and a mammal’
Chemistry: ‘Group a list of materials according to whether they are solid, liquid or gas’
Physics: ‘Predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, based on where the poles are facing’
The will be administered in the week commencing 14 May 2018. The timetable will be:
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling
Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning
Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning
The previous have been scrapped, and instead children are given (read our for more details).
The range of scaled scores available for each KS2 test is:
- 80 (the lowest scaled score that can be awarded)
- 120 (the highest scaled score)
If a child is awarded a scaled score of 99 or less they won't have achieved the expected standard in the test.
The Department for Education expects at least 65 per cent of children to reach the expected standard (the figure was initially 85 per cent but has been revised)
Primary School Grading System Explained for Parents
In September 2014 national curriculum levels in English schools were replaced by a new grading system. We explain what parents need to know about the new assessment levels as well as new KS1 and KS2 SATs from 2016 and the new Reception baseline assessment test.
Why is it that just as you’re finally getting to grips with the education system, everything changes – yet again? With a new curriculum in force in English primary schools from September 2014, how your children’s progress is measured has changed too.
Why the change?
The Department for Education felt levels were too vague and complicated for parents and not very good at helping them understand their child’s progress; there were also concerns that the levels system could contribute to children developing a "fixed mindset" about their ability and potential for growth. Until September 2014, grades were used in school to grade pupils from ages five to 14. At the age of 11, when children left primary school, they were expected to have achieved at least a Level 4 in English, maths and science.grade in the no-levels system?
So how are children awarded a grade in the no levels system?
It is difficult to give a definitive answer to this question since it is up to individual schools to decide how they assess pupils’ progress.
It is likely that in most schools teachers will use statements such as these to describe pupils' progress, as well as commenting on whether your child has made good progress over the year, giving details of curriculum areas where they have achieved well and areas that need more development and support:
- Working within the expected level of attainment for his/her age
- Working towards the expected level of attainment
- Working below the expected level of attainment
- Working beyond the expected level of attainm
have reflected the new curriculum at the end of the Key Stages. Children now receive a scaled score instead of a level. Their raw score – the actual number of marks they accrue – will be translated into a scaled score; this helps to allow for differences in the difficulty of the tests from year to year so that pupils' results can be compared accurately.
, a score below 100 indicates that the child needs more support and a score of above 100 suggests the child is working at a higher level than expected for their age. The maximum score possible is 115, and the minimum is 85.
Children are also be matched against ‘performance descriptors’ (in other words what pupils are expected to know and be able to do at the time of testing) when being assessed by their teachers in non-SATs subjects at the end of Key Stage 1 and 2 to see if they’ve achieved the expected standard.
Each child receives a raw score (though you probably won't be given it as a parent), a scaled score, and confirmation of whether or not they achieved the national standard (‘NS’ means the expected standard was not achieved; ‘AS’ means the expected standard was achieved).
The range of scaled scores available for each KS2 test ranges from 80, the lowest possible scaled score, to 120, the highest possible scaled score.
; a scaled score of 99 or less means they haven't reached the government-expected standard.
Teacher Assessments KS2
As well as receiving results, at the end of Year 6 you will be told your child's teacher-assessment results for reading, writing, mathematics and science. The teacher-assessment result codes you can expect to see are:
- : Working at greater depth within the expected standard (for writing assessment only)
- : Working at the expected standard
- : Working towards the expected standard (for writing assessment only)
- : Has not met the expected standard (reading and maths assessment only)
- : Pre-key stage, growing development of the expected standard (the child is working at a lower level than expected)
- : Pre-key stage, foundations for the expected standard (the child is working at a significantly lower level than expected)
- : The child is working below the pre-key stage standards (the lowest level of attainment)
- : Awarded if the child was absent
- : Awarded if the child is disapplied (has not been been tested at KS2 level)
When will your child be assessed?
at regular intervals in English primary education:
- Children might take a new (though the results will probably be used within individual schools only)
- the in Year 1
- the end-of-Key-Stage test in Year 2 ()
- the end-of-Key-Stage test in Year 6 ()
What are the expected grades for the end of each year group?
Under the changes, (as opposed to the current 65% – a massive increase).
With levels abolished and the introduction of ‘performance descriptors’, it looks like there will be a lot , but rather a focus on whether a child has acquired the expected knowledge or not; the Department for Education will set the precise extent of progress required in each year group.
What about the children who are above and below the expected level?
Of course, there will still be children who will not meet the expected standard and they will continue to be teacher assessed using pre-key stage standards (a way of measuring the progress of children who are working below the national curriculum levels; the standards replace P-scales). By assessing children more formally at Reception level (with the new ), the government hopes the children requiring more teacher input will be identified earlier.
In the past, the brightest Year 6 children could be entered for advanced SATs papers called for English and maths. These tests are no longer be offered; instead, all children take the same tests, but the papers include a number of more difficult questions that are intended to stretch higher achieving children