SATS results, what they mean and how to understand the codes

SATs resultsThis week year 6 kids across the country will receive their KS2 SATs results – but the new National Curriculum means the way the exams are marked has changed. So if your child is bringing home their scores, here’s what you need to know.

What are SATs?

SATS or Standard Assessment Tests are used to assess your child’s school progress at the end of years 2, 6 and 9. All papers children take at Key Stage 2 are marked externally and the results are used to measure the school’s performance. Year 6 pupils take papers in maths; reading; grammar, punctuation and spelling.

How will I know how my child has performed?

Recent curriculum changes mean children no longer get a ‘raw score’ but this now receive a ‘scaled score’ to ensure accurate comparisons of pupil performance over time. A scaled score of 100 or more means a child is working at the expected standard – coded ‘AS’, while a score below 100 indicates that a child has not reached the government expected standard – termed ‘NS’. The maximum score possible is 120, and the minimum is 80.

What score is considered to be a ‘pass mark’?

Government expectations set 100 as the standard scaled SATs score – but you can get varying marks in each paper. Each child will receive confirmation of whether they achieved the national standard.
‘NS’ means the expected standard was not achieved; ‘AS’ means the expected standard was achieved. You might be given your child’s scaled score or a code but you are unlikely to be told your child’s raw score. It’s best to chat to your child’s teacher if you feel concerned about their results.

How will I receive my child’s results?

Many schools send a sheet of results home with the end of term school report, others send a special SATs letter.

How will the SATs effect my child’s secondary school?

Secondary school teachers are told incoming pupils’ SATs scaled scores. Some schools use these to put kids into ‘sets’ while others use it as a quick way to identify which children need extra support in specific subjects. Check with your new secondary school if you want to know more.

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Mum Shares Frightening Account Of How Her Daughter Almost Drowned

Mum-of-triplets, Desiree has shared a terrifying account of how her daughter almost drowned to warn other parents of the dangers of secondary drowning. She writes:

“I never once imagined, as a Mother, I would ever find myself at the ER holding my sweet girl in my arms, tears streaming down my cheeks, uttering the words “My daughter almost drowned.” Two days ago we went swimming with friends at their pool …

Mother and daughter in hospitalIn a moment, an instance, a matter of seconds, my life changed. “She’s in the water! She’s in the water!!” My friend was screaming from the other side of the pool as she saw Charlize struggling submerged under the water. The next few moments were the slowest of my life. I stood up and saw with my own eyes my girl underwater fighting for her life. I couldn’t get to her fast enough no matter how fast I ran. I could see her tiny feet kicking trying so hard to get out, but she simply couldn’t. I finally got to the pool and pulled her out as fast as I could. Her blue lips are forever engraved in my memory. As soon as I took her out she instantly started spitting up water and in seconds, she vomited up a lot the water, and the watermelon and strawberries she had just eaten. She was sobbing. I was in shock. Her color came back and she coughed a little bit, but thank God she was okay. After about 30 minutes she was back to her normal self and eating a full dinner meal.

It looked like Charlize was playing on the larger pool step and got too close to the edge and quietly, silently, and quickly my daughter got into the water and went under. No one saw it happen, but it happened.

I had to call my husband and tell him our daughter almost drowned. I was horrified to even say the words out loud. After talking to him, we agreed we should take her to the ER. We have read so many articles about secondary drowning and wanted to be sure she was okay…

The x-ray showed pulmonary endema, which is an indication of inflammation and excess fluid in the lungs, which can lead to secondary or dry drowning. I went numb when the doctor told us this…

Charlize was monitored for a full day. And was doing great. Her symptoms never worsened.

Not all parents who walk through something like this get to hold their children at the end of the day. My heart grieves for them. I’m so thankful for the brave mama’s who have gone before me and shared their own stories of secondary drowning because they are the reason we wanted to take Charlize to the ER to make sure she was okay.”

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