Following the considerable changes to the structure of assessment at KS2 from summer 2016, the performance data for all primary schools is no longer presented as national curriculum levels. Instead, levels have been removed and in their place is a national ‘Expected Standard’ for Year 6 children to meet. The pupils complete statutory tests in reading; grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS); and mathematics. The expected standard is met by achieving at least 100 on a scaled score in each of the tests. Further, children who achieve a score of 110+ on the scaled score are identified as attaining a ‘Higher Standard’. Outcomes in writing are measured by assessments made by teaching staff that are within an assessment framework. These judgements have been moderated and validated by the Local Authority for 2017.
The progress measure for the year group indicates whether the children, collectively, have made progress ‘below’, ‘in line with’ or ‘above’ progress expectations nationally. A progress score of 0 means pupils in school, on average, do about as well at key stage 2 as those with similar prior attainment nationally. A positive score means pupils in school on average do better at key stage 2 than those with similar prior attainment nationally while a negative score means pupils in school on average do less well at key stage 2 than those with similar prior attainment nationally. Most schools’ progress scores fall in the range of -5 to +5.