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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