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Your child’s SAT results - what do they really mean?

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Like many parents in Bristol, you are probably juggling a myriad of end-of-term school activities whilst simultaneously planning how to keep your children entertained throughout the holidays.

As the countdown to the last day of term gathers momentum, parents of year 2 and year 6 pupils will also be awaiting the results of the SATs taken back in May.

If your child/children took their SATs this year, you may be hearing and reading about national statistics and pass rates in the press, but what do your child’s results mean for them?

Here is our guide to understanding your child’s 2017 SAT results

Key Stage 1 SATs – Year 2 Pupils

How the KS1 SATs are marked

The English and Maths papers taken by the six and seven year olds in year 2 are marked internally by the class teacher. Some moderation then occurs at the local education authority level to ensure that marking is consistent.

What the KS1 SAT score means

Unless you ask for them, you won’t be shown your child’s KS1 SAT results.

If you do ask to see the SAT results, the actual number of marks your child gets in the tests will be translated into a scaled score.

  • 100 means they are working at the expected standard
  • Below 100 shows that they need some more support in this area
  • Above 100 means that they are working at a higher level than expected

The end of KS1 Report and Assessment

You will be told if your child is working at the expected standard through an end of KS1 report and assessment.

The scaled SAT scores will be used within your child’s teacher assessment along with the teachers observations and merit for their classwork throughout the year.

The end of KS1 report and assessment therefore gives a more complete picture of your child’s performance and standard than the SAT results alone. You should get this report in or before the last week of the summer term.

Key Stage 2 SATs – Year 6 Pupils

How the KS2 SATs are marked

Key Stage 2 SAT papers are taken in English (reading and punctuation, spelling and grammar) and maths and are marked externally.

A test in science is also carried out in 10,000 schools to assess national standards at Key Stage 2, but in the majority of schools, science is teacher-assessed.

What the KS2 SAT scores mean

Each child will be given a scaled score, and receive confirmation of whether or not they achieved the national standard via a code as below:

  • AS: the expected standard has been achieved
  • NS: the expected standard has not been achieved
  • A: the child was absent from one or more of the test papers
  • B: the child is working below the level assessed by KS2 SATs
  • M: the child missed the test
  • T: the child is working at the level of the tests but is unable to access them (because all or part of a test is not suitable for a pupil with particular special educational needs)

The scaled score details are as follows:

  • A scaled score of 100 or more means that your child has met the expected standard
  • A scaled score of 99 or less means they haven’t reached the government-expected standard.
  • 80 is the lowest possible scaled score
  • 120 is the highest possible scaled score

How the KS2 SATs are used by your child’s secondary school

Your child’s new teacher in year 7 will be told the scores that your child obtained in their SATs.

Your child’s secondary school may use the SAT results to stream new starters in Year 7. Other schools use a combination of the SATs and Year 7 Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs) or their own internal tests at the beginning of the new term.

You can contact your secondary school to find out which they do if you are interested to know.

More information about KS2 SATs

If you woudl like more information you can download a PDF from this site

It explains what to expect in reports from schools about pupils’ assessments at the end of key stage 2. It also describes the role of national curriculum tests and teacher assessments, as well as how results are used.

Post SATs: Preparing for September

How ever your child did in their SATs, summer is the ideal time for children to brush up their maths and English skills while they are away from the stresses and strains of school routine.

Kip McGrath Bristol Central provides a range of summer Brain Active programmes to boost confidence and learning and to give your child the best possible start in September.

For those progressing to secondary school after KS2 SATS, we revise primary school concepts and start to familiarise children with new secondary school concepts;

There are” follow up programmes to KS1 and KS2 SATs”: if results have flagged up an area concern; booster programmes can help children who have performed badly in their end of year exams or have lower than expected grades in their reports;

For children preparing for Autumn entrance exams we have specialised support to help with English comprehension, story writing, non-verbal reasoning or maths

All our programmes are tutored by qualified teachers and provide children with an individual learning plan using Kip McGrath educational methods and resources, which are mapped to the school curriculum.

Kip McGrath Bristol Central’s Summer Brain Active programmes take place throughout the summer holidays. To find out more or book your child’s FREE assessment email or call 0117 370 4525.


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