The Government judges schools on their SATs results – for us, that is KS2 SATs that all Year 6 children take part in. Results are published to parents in League Tables.
Changes to the tests:
Since 2014, there have been many changes to education nationally. We have tried to keep you up to date with these changes through workshops and via the website.
The new primary curriculum was drawn up to be deliberately tougher than the older one; therefore, the KS2 tests themselves are tougher than they have ever been. The bar has been raised on what counts as the ‘expected standard’.
KS2 test results – comparing to previous years:
There have been huge changes to the tests which are based on a new, more rigorous national curriculum and results this year cannot be compared with previous years.
In terms of results, the Department for Education is calling this ‘Year Zero’ as levels have gone and a new framework for assessment has been introduced.
Reading, maths and GPS (grammar, punctuation and spelling) are judged using a national test – what the child scores in the tests on the day – it is a snapshot of their ability on that day.
Writing is judged by the class teacher based on criteria set by the Department for Education. A child must have met every criteria on the list to be judged as achieving the standard.
In the new tests, the expected standard is measured completely differently. The ‘expected’ score is set at 100, but scores can range between 80 and 120. Effectively, anything over 100 is at ‘expected standard’. Any score over 110 is ‘working at a higher level’.
Parents are informed as to whether or not their child has met the expected standard and the scaled score they achieved.
Predecessor School Key Stage Two Results 2016
These results show we are still working below the national average. However, we are closing the gap rapidly. In 2015 we were 24% below the combined national average and we’d closed that gap to 17% in 2016. We are pleased with how the children have achieved under the new ‘regime’, but are fully aware that this is not good enough-yet! All our efforts are focused on Cedars Academy providing as good an education as can be received anywhere in the country.