From summer 2016, more challenging SATs tests were introduced to reflect the new curriculum at the end of the Key Stages. Children receive a scaled score instead of a level. Their raw score – the actual number of marks they accrue – is translated into a scaled score; this helps to allow for differences in the difficulty of the tests from year to year so that pupils’ results can be compared accurately.
For KS1 SATs a score of 100 means the child is working at the expected standard, a score below 100 indicates that the child needs more support and a score of above 100 suggests the child is working at a higher level than expected for their age. The maximum score possible is 115, and the minimum is 85. You will be told whether your child has reached the national standard in their KS1 SATs as part of their end-of-KS1 report.
In KS2, the majority of papers will be marked externally. Each child will receive a raw score, a scaled score, and confirmation of whether or not they achieved the national standard (‘WTS’ means the expected standard was not achieved; ‘EXS’ means the expected standard was achieved, GDS means the child has exceeded the expected standard).
A scaled score of 100 or more means that the child has met the expected standard in each KS2 SATs test; a scaled score of 99 or less means they haven’t reached the government-expected standard.