Once the exams are over and your child has settled back into everyday school life, it can be easy to forget about SATs – until results day! We answer your questions about how the papers are marked and how secondary schools use the results.
How are SATs marked?
SATs are updated and revised regularly; find out about the format of this year's SATs in our parents' guide.
When and how will I get the results?
National, local authority and individual schools' results will be published in December.
Results are expressed as one of eight National Curriculum levels, used to measure individual children's progress compared to pupils the same age across the country. The lowest level (L1) is used to benchmark children at the age of 5; the highest (L8) is for exceptional achievements by pupils aged 14, at the end of Key Stage 3.
What do the KS1 SATs results mean?
The average result for a typical seven year old taking KS1 SATs is Level 2.
|Level 1 or W (working towards level 1)||The weakest results, but for some children with special needs or learning difficulties these results will be a great achievement personally.|
|Level 2||The expected level for children at the end of Y2. A sub-level will also be identified (2c, 2b and 2a):
|Level 3||Achieving a Level 3 at the end of Y2 shows the child is working at a higher level than that expected. Level 3 is also sub-categorised into 3c (the lower end), 3b and 3a (the higher end).|
|Level 4||For a child taking KS1 SATs, Level 4 (average for an 11-year-old) is rare.|
What do the KS2 SATs results mean?
- At the end of KS2 SATs Level 4 is the expected level of attainment; 75% of children achieve a Level 4 or above.
- Level 3 is below expectations at the end of Y6.
- Level 5 is a great achievement at KS2 SATs and shows the child is working at a high level.
- Level 6 is very rare at primary school; the top 1% of children in the country would be Level 6 at age 11. Since 2012 some children have taken Level 6 KS2 SATs in maths and English at the end of Year 6.
- No sub levels are given.
A sheet of last year’s national levels will be provided to you with your child's results, so you can use them as a comparison.