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?
When and how will I get the results?
National, local authority and individual schools' results are published in December.
What are the SATs levels?
The national average was level 2b for KS1 SATs, and level 4b for KS2 SATs. Children who achieved level 5 or 6 at the end of Year 6 were performing significantly above average.
SATs results were presented to parents in this format, using National Curriculum levels, until July 2015.
What do the 2016 SATs results mean?
This scoring method is widely used for school assessments across the world. To calculate a child's scaled score, their raw score – in other words, the actual number of marks they achieved – will be converted into a scaled score. This is used to show whether te child has achieved the national standard for that subject. The scaled score needed to achieve the national standard has yet to be announced, but for Year 2 it will be roughly equivalent to a level 2b under the old system, while the standard for Year 6 will be similar to a level 4b.
In the past, there was a separate Level 6 SATs paper that only the highest-achieving children were entered for. This separate paper will no longer be set, but the tests taken by every KS2 child will have questions that are designed to allow the higher-attaining pupils to show their strengths.
In KS1, teachers will be given conversion tables to translate their pupils' raw scores into scaled scores. They'll then use these scores to inform their teacher assessment. This means that the score that your child is given may not be the result they achieved in their SATs, but a score based on SATs results, classwork and the teacher's observations.
In KS2, the papers will be marked externally, with no teacher assessment involved. Each child will be told their raw score, their scaled score, and confirmation of whether or not they achieved the national standard.