The teacher assessment exemplification materials are now available for 2017/18. Follow the links below to download from the DfE website.
On 17th October the DfE published the 2018 statutory guidance for assessments at the end of KS1 and KS2.
Key Changes for 2017 to 2018
Key stage 1
- The STA has revised the English teacher assessment frameworks at the end of Key Stage 1. The revised ‘pupil can’ statements are less prescriptive and place greater emphasis on grammar, punctuation and spelling.
- The KS1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling tests remain optional from 2018 onwards. Grammar, punctuation and spelling test materials will be available to download from 1st May.
On 28th September, the DfE released information about the phonics screening check results and results of the 2017 Key Stage 1 teacher assessments.
This year, more than 4 in 5 pupils have met the expected standard in the phonics screening checks at the end of year 1 and more children have reached the expected standard in all key stage 1 subjects.
Plans have been announced by Justine Greening, the Education Secretary for the DfE, for a primary assessment system that focuses on pupil progress, mastering literacy and numeracy, and scrapping excessive workload for teachers.
The new primary assessment plans aim to deliver a better foundation for measuring progress and the impact of schools.
There are a number of important announcements in the full document, which you can read here. Please see below a summary of the main announcements:
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On 31st August the DfE released the results of the KS2 national curriculum assessments and information about the 2017 performance tables.
2017 KS2 SATs results
This year there has been an increase in the proportion of pupils achieving both the expected standard and the higher standard in reading, writing and mathematics, compared with 2016.
The proportion of pupil’s achieving the expected standard has increased by 8 percentage points, from 53% in 2016 to 61% in 2017, and those attaining the higher standard has also increased from 5% to 9%. Continue reading →
Pupils across the UK received their GCSE results today and overall, the number of top grades and ‘pass’ rates have dropped across a range of subjects.
This year the overall UK pass rate (A*-C or 9-4) has fallen from 66.9% to 66.3%, and the proportion of entries achieving top grades (A*-A or 9-7) have fallen to 20%.
Pupils across England, Wales and Northern Ireland received their A level results today and overall, pass levels have fallen slightly but top A and A* grades are up. A-level entry numbers remained stable, whilst the number of AS-level entries dropped significantly. Find out more about trends in entry level numbers here.
In September 2016, progress data for primary schools was made available on the Tables Checking website. This data shows how a school performed in the new progress measures following the 2016 key stage 2 national tests.
For an explanation of how progress measures are calculated, read this helpful guide from the DfE.
Scaled score conversion tables for key stage 2
The scaled score conversion tables for the 2017 key stage 2 national tests have been published by the DfE.
- In reading, children need a scaled score of 26 to reach the expected standard (5 more than 2016)
- In maths, children need a scaled score of 57 to reach the expected standard (3 less than 2016)
- In GPS, children need a scaled score of 36 to reach the expected standard (7 less than 2016)