Key Stage 3 SATs will be replaced by improved classroom assessment by teachers and frequent reporting to parents in years 7, 8, and 9. There will be also be a stronger focus on one-to-one tuition and catch up support for children in the first years of secondary school.
Previously, Key Stage 3 results were sometimes used as an indication of a schools performance. So instead The Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF) will introduce a new School Report Card to provide stronger accountability to parents and local communities. The Card will include more information than is currently provided to parents about a school’s performance and achievements.
"We believe this new system, specifically designed for parents, will help schools show more clearly how they are helping their pupils to make excellent progress or to overcome the challenges of deprivation," says schools minister, Jim Knight.