Key Stage Tests

Information for parents/carers about the new Key Stage tests

The Government launched a new national curriculum in September 2014. Those pupils currently in Year 2 and Year 6 will be first to be assessed against this new national curriculum. New tests will replace the old tests and tasks.

The new Key Stage 1 tests

The Key Stage 1 tests do not have set days for their administration, but we must administer the tests during May 2016. They will consist of:

  • English reading Paper 1 and Paper 2
  • English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: spelling
  • English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: questions
  • Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
  • Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning
 
As in previous years, all tests will be marked in school. The test results will be supplemented by the teachers’ assessment on a broad range of evidence from across the curriculum to provide an overall judgement for each pupil.

There is no longer an end of key stage test for English writing. Writing from across the curriculum and Science will both be assessed by the class teacher.

The new Key Stage 2 tests

The Key Stage 2 tests, which will be administered in the week commencing 9 May 2016, consist of:

  • English reading
  • English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: short answer questions
  • English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling
  • Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
  • Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning
  • Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning

The tests will be marked externally. The new tests will include a few questions designed to assess the most able pupils. (There will not be separate tests for these pupils.)

There is no end of key stage test for English writing. Writing from across the curriculum will be assessed by the class teacher. Science will be assessed by the class teacher.

Scaled scores

The results for the new test will be expressed as scaled scores (replacing the old levels system). The pupil’s raw score (total number of marks) will be translated into a scaled score using a conversion table. A scaled score of 100 will always represent the ‘expected standard’. Each pupil registered for the tests will receive:

  • a raw score (the number of raw marks awarded)
  • a scaled score
  • and confirmation of whether or not they attained the expected standard
 
Key Stage 1

For English reading, writing and mathematics pupils will be grouped into four categories:

  • working towards the expected standard
  • working at the expected standard
  • working at greater depth within the expected standard, or
  • a category for those pupils who do not meet the ‘working towards the expected standard’

For science, pupils will be grouped into 2 categories:

  • working at the expected standard
  • a category for those pupils who do not meet the standard
 
Key Stage 2

For English writing, pupils will be grouped into four categories:

  • working towards the expected standard
  • working at the expected standard
  • working at greater depth within the expected standard, or
  • a category for those pupils who do not meet the ‘working towards the expected standard’

For English reading, mathematics and science pupils will be grouped into two categories:

  • working at the expected standard
  • a category for those pupils who do not meet the standard

A summary of the key changes being introduced to tests at Key Stages 1 and 2 in 2016 are explained by Will Emms from the Standards and Testing Agency in the video below.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-video-published-on-changes-to-2016-tests-and-assessments

Information for Parents