On 4th September 2018, the DfE published provisional attainment statistics for the 2018 KS2 national curriculum assessments.

Summary of the 2018 KS2 national curriculum assessments:

  • This year, 64% of pupils reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, compared to 61% in 2017.
  • Attainment at the expected standard has increased across all subjects.
    • 75% of pupils reached the expected standard in reading.
    • 76% of pupils reached the expected standard in maths.
    • 78% of pupils reached the expected standard in grammar, punctuation and spelling.
  • The threshold for higher standard remains at 110.
  • 10% of pupils reached the higher standard in reading, writing and maths, compared to 9% in 2017 and 5% in 2016.
  • The gender gap in attainment remains consistent with previous years, as girls continue to outperform boys.
  • Attainment increased for both genders by 3 percentage points, with 68% of girls and 60% of boys reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and maths this year.
Percentage reaching the expected standard by gender Boys Girls Difference
Reading, writing and maths 60% 68% +8pp
Reading test 71% 79% +8pp
Maths test 75% 76% +1pp
GPS test 73% 82% +9pp
Writing TA 72% 84% +12pp

All statistics taken from the DfE

Read the full DfE report here.