Key Stage 2 year 6 SATS 2016
… have caused quite a level of controversy this year, although the results have just been published.
According to the Department of Education,
- 53% of pupils met the new expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics
- 66% of pupils met the new expected standard in reading
- 70% of pupils met the new expected standard in mathematics
- 72% of pupils met the new expected standard in grammar, punctuation and spelling
- 74% of pupils met the new expected standard in writing.
The old system of ‘levels’ has now been completely abandoned and test results are reported using ‘scaled scores’, which range from 80 to 120. The ‘expected standard’ under this system is 100 – so any child achieving 100 or more has reached the expected standard.
According to the DfE,
- the average scaled score in reading is 103
- the average scaled score in mathematics is 103
- the average scaled score in grammar, punctuation and spelling is 104.
The DfE says: “Today’s results are not comparable to test results from previous years which were under an entirely different system of assessment.” Education Secretary Nicky Morgan adds: “This is the first year we have assessed pupils under the new more rigorous system and it is no surprise that this year’s results look different to previous years, but despite that the majority of pupils have achieved above and beyond the new expected standard.”
You probably know that at the time of the tests, pupils, parents, teachers and head teachers expressed dismay at how tough they were – certainly the English papers were quite challenging and there was considerable discussion regarding their relevance. A Year 6 pupil at Temple Grove Academy in Royal Tunbridge Wells has earned a legion of fans online after giving a hilariously sharp answer to the question:
‘Write a sentence using the word “point” as a noun’.
The response? “I don’t see the point in Sats.”
The arguably accurate answer – which many parents and pupils could, no doubt, relate to this year – came to light after an image of the handwritten sentence was shared on Facebook by the school’s assistant head, Damith Bandara.
Whatever your view there’s sure to be continuing arguments, on both sides, until the dust settles.