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Key Stage 2 Results

KS2 Test Results - A Guide for Parents


What is the new system for primary school test results?
In 2014 the Department for Education (DfE) announced changes to the National Curriculum.
As part of the changes, the ‘levels’ system previously used to report on children’s attainment was removed.
From 2016, SATs results were reported using scaled scores.

What is a scaled score?
Each child is given a scaled score as a number. This is based on his/her raw score – the number of marks he/she receives in a test.
Children may achieve a score of:

  • Below 100, meaning they have not achieved the ‘expected standard’
  • 100, meaning that they have reached the ‘expected standard
  • Above 100, meaning that they have exceeded the ‘expected standard’

For children in year 6 (KS2) they range from 80 to 120.
A child who reaches the expected standard (100 or above) is considered to be ready for the next stage of his or her education.


Why use scaled scores?

Scaled scores help test results to be reported consistently from one year to the next. For example, if two children achieve the same scaled scores in different tests in different years, they will have the same level of attainment.


How will results be reported in year 6?

Most children in year 6 will have taken tests in maths, reading, and grammar, punctuation and spelling. Your child’s end-of-year report will include their scaled score and clear confirmation as to whether they have met the national standard. 



Should I be worried if my child does not meet the expected standard?

There is no reason to worry. The tests are designed to help identify where children may need extra support as early as possible. Your child will also receive teacher assessment results which help to give a broader picture of how well they are doing. If you have any concerns, please speak to your child’s teacher.


If you have any questions about changes to KS1 and KS2 assessments and what they mean for your child, please do not hesitate to contact Miss McMinn or Mrs Edwards via the school office (0151 288-6508).


External sources

The following sources may also be useful for further information:

Scaled scores at KS1, GOV.UK – STA

Scaled scores at KS2, GOV.UK – STA

2017 national curriculum tests for key stages 1 and 2: information for parents, GOV.UK – STA

Comparative Data 2022

KS2 Results 2018-19