From ‘Information for parents: results from the 2016 national curriculum assessments’, Standards and Testing Agency (2016)
The new Key Stage 2 tests
2016 was the first year of the new Key Stage 2 tests in reading; spelling, punctuation and grammar; and mathematics. The tests assess children against a national standard. This year’s tests are the first tests to reflect the new primary curriculum, which was introduced in 2014.
As this is the first year of the new tests, the results will look different from those of previous years and cannot be compared with them directly.
Individual results in each test are reported using a scaled score. A scaled score of 100 represents the expected standard for each test. If a pupil attains a scaled score of 100 or more, it means that they are working at or above the expected standard in the subject. If a child receives a scaled score of less than 100, it means that they may need more support to reach the expected standard. The highest scaled score possible is 120, and the lowest is 80.
As the new standard is higher than the old one, fewer children have met the new expected standard than the previous standard. If you want to see how your child’s test scores compare with the national average for each subject, you can do so by clicking here.
In addition to taking the tests, your child’s teacher will assess how well your child has done during the year in reading, writing, maths and science. Teachers will do this using a framework that describes what a child needs to do to be working at the expected standard in a subject. Your child’s teacher will base their assessment on the work that your child has done in class during years 5 and 6.