More than 600,000 10- and 11-year-olds took their Sats tests last month and now their schools are about to learn how they did.
The key stage 2 Sats results are being published tomorrow. Schools will get their own individual results and the national results will be published.
The results are crucial for schools because they are scrutinised by Ofsted and used by regional school commissioners and school advisors to trigger interventions, including possible forced academisation, if a school is deemed to be poorly performing.
But what information will be published this week and what do we have to wait for?
Here is everything you need to know about the KS2 Sats results 2018.
Which results are being published tomorrow?
At 9.30am the national figures showing the percentage of children who reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths will be published.
Last year, 61 per cent of pupils reached the expected standard in the three Rs.
The statistics also show the percentage of children reaching the expected standard in each of reading, writing, maths and spelling, grammar and punctuation (Spag) separately.
Anything else we should know about?
The conversion tables which show the pass mark for each subject will also be published.
Children’s scores on each test are converted into a scaled score, where 100 denotes the expected standard.
For example, in 2017, children needed to score 26 or 27 out of 50 on the reading test to get a scaled score of 100.
The average scaled score achieved by children nationally in reading, maths and Spag will be included in the national data.
When will schools know their results?
Schools will get their results a little earlier, at 7.30am.
When will pupils and their parents know their results?
It is up to the school’s headteacher to decide when the results are given to pupils and parents. But the regulations set out what must be included in reports.
Heads must report to parents: the pupil’s scaled score in each test and whether or not they met the expected standard; the results of teacher assessments in reading, writing, maths and science; comparative information on how pupils in the school did in the Sats and comparative information on how pupils did nationally.
The Association of School and College Leaders has called for the requirement to say whether or not a child has met the expected standard to be dropped, saying it is “potentially damaging”.
Can schools or pupils appeal?
Yes. If a school thinks that a pupil has been incorrectly marked, or there has been a clerical error, it can apply for a review of marking. This has to be done by the end of Friday 20 July and schools will be informed of the outcome on 12 September.
Reviews are free if there is a change to the pupil either achieving or not achieving the expected standard, or a change of two or more marks to the raw score. If a marking review does not result in any of these outcomes then schools will be charged £9.
Are these the final results?
No. The appeals process means that the results published in July are described as interim results. In August or September, the provisional results, which show how local authorities have done, are due to be published. This is when the percentage of pupils reaching “greater depth” in each subject is also released.
The final, revised results are due to be published in December. These final results also include the progress scores. The performance tables showing how each school has done – and how many are below the floor standards – are published alongside the final results.
Do the scores change much between the interim results and the final results?
In 2016, the interim results showed 72 per cent of children reached the expected standard in Spag, in the final results this was raised to 73 per cent.
In 2017, the reading scores rose from 71 per cent in the July interim results to 72 per cent in the final results.