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SATs Score Explained

SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) are important assessments taken by children in Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (Year 6). Below is a detailed guide on how SATs are assessed, when results are received, what the scores indicate, and how secondary schools use SATs information.

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How are SATs assessed?

Key Stage 1 (Year 2)

  • Children undertake official SATs in English and maths during Year 2.
  • Papers are marked by the class teacher, with a few sent for moderation to evaluate marking quality.

Key Stage 2 (Year 6)

  • SATs include maths, English reading, and English grammar, punctuation & spelling.
  • Exams are marked externally. Science SATs, if applicable, are assessed nationally in select schools.

When will I receive the SATs results?

Key Stage 1 (Year 2)

  • Schools receive results by the end of July.
  • Parents are unlikely to receive scores unless specifically requested.

Key Stage 2 (Year 6)

  • Provisional results arrive by the end of July.
  • Individual test results are typically shared with parents along with end-of-year reports, provided they are available by term-end.

What do the scores mean?

Key Stage 1 (Year 2)

KS1 SATs use scaled scoring:

  • Scaled scores range from 85 (lowest) to 115 (highest).

Key Stage 2 (Year 6)

KS2 SATs use scaled scoring:

  • Scaled scores range from 80 (lowest) to 120 (highest).

Breakdown of SATs Scores

Key Stage 1 (Year 2)

  • 115: Highest score achievable.
  • 101-114: Exceeded expected standard.
  • 100: Expected standard.
  • 85-99: Not met expected standard.

Key Stage 2 (Year 6)

  • 120: Highest score achievable.
  • 101-119: Exceeded expected standard.
  • 100: Expected standard.
  • 80-99: Not met expected standard.

National Year 6 SATs Results:

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  • National SATs results
  • Local Authority SATs results
  • Individual school SATs results
  • 59% of pupils met the expected standard in reading, writing, and maths combined.
  • 74% achieved the expected standard in reading.
  • 69% achieved the expected standard in writing.
  • 71% achieved the expected standard in mathematics.
  • 72% achieved the expected standard in Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling (GPS).
  • Secondary schools use SATs scores to stream children entering Year 7, though practices can vary among schools.

Key Stage 2 (KS2)

Explanation of SATs Scores:

AS (Achieved Standard)

Met the expected standard.

NS (Not Achieved Standard)

Did not meet the expected standard.

A (Absent)

Missed one or more test papers.

B (Below Level)

Working below the assessed level.

M (Missed)

Did not take the test.

T (Unable to Access)

Working at test level but unable to access (e.g., special educational needs).