Majority of teachers do want Sats scrapped
However the majority against is nowhere near as big as the NEU's survey suggested, according to our Tes twitter poll:
Missing 100 because of a wrongly placed 'p'
Special educational needs and disabilities expert Kenny Wheeler has taken a look at whether this year’s reading paper was fair for pupils with SEND.
But one Twitter user has also posted a picture of a SEND child who missed their 100 for putting 0.65p rather than £0.65 or 65p.
The NEU's take on the Sats results
Today the NEU re-stated their opposition to Sats, but they've also commented on the Sats results.
Here's what joint general secretary Kevin Courtney had to say:
“Damian Hinds claims that the Sats are not about testing children. Today’s statement gives the lie to that: it tells us that over a third of 11-year-olds will arrive in their new secondary school in September knowing that they have been labelled as ‘below the expected standard’. This demoralising outcome is the result of policy-makers’ delusion that to measure the performance of our primary school system it is necessary to test each individual pupil.
"Test-driven primary assessment is damaging children’s mental health and well-being; it intensifies the stress on teachers. Preparing children for Sats squeezes out other parts of the curriculum.
"As the NEU’s latest poll shows, the overwhelming majority of teachers want to see an end to Sats. They are supported by all the opposition parties. The tide has turned against high-stakes testing. Announcements like today’s will soon be a thing of the past.”
Reading standards dip
This year the proportion of pupils reaching the expected standard in reading dipped. But when this cohort was in Year 1, the percentage reaching the expected standard in the phonics check rose on the previous year. Why the difference?
Jon Andrews from the Education Policy Institute looks at the data in this interesting Twitter thread:
New stats out today that give national headlines for Key Stage 2. Percentage reaching expected standard in reading has dipped a couple of percentage points, but compare that with the Year 1 phonics for the same cohort... @EduPolicyInst pic.twitter.com/cjSxS0CZBQ— Jon Andrews (@mrjpandrews) July 9, 2019
'Nothing more than a snapshot'
The NAHT headteachers' union has commented on the Sats results.
Nick Brook, the union's deputy general secretary, said: "Sats results and league tables provide nothing more than a snapshot of how children performed on a particular day, in a few short tests, in a limited number of subjects. We should therefore avoid celebrating too loudly or berating too strongly schools that rise or fall in their league table position as a result.
"NAHT has long campaigned for less national testing overall in primary schools. Fewer national tests would leave more time and space for a broad range of subjects and activities in the school day so that children’s opportunities are not limited.”
Key stage 1 Sats analysis
The study found that 12 per cent of disadvantaged pupils did not take the reading test, compared to 5 per cent of their more advantaged counterparts, while 7 per cent of disadvantaged pupils were not entered for the maths test compared to 3 per cent of non-disadvantaged pupils.
'Exceptional job despite funding pressures'
Tiffnie Harris, primary specialist of the Association of School and College Leaders union, said of today's Sats scores: "These results show that schools are doing an exceptional job despite the funding pressures. The government cannot continue to take educational standards for granted however and must improve the level of funding as a matter of urgency.
“It must also review the current Sats system which is not fit for purpose with stakes that are too high and a focus on tests which do not reflect the breadth and richness of the curriculum taught in primary schools. We need a system which is fairer on schools and fairer on children.”
How many marks are needed to get a scaled score of 100?
Tables showing how Year 6 pupils raw marks in the reading, maths and spelling, punctuation and grammar (Spag) tests are converted into scaled scores were published by the Standards and Testing Agency today.
The scaled scores are used to ensure that marks are comparable over time.
The tables below show how many marks children needed in 2019 to get 100, which denotes the expected standard, in each subject. They also show which raw scores converted to 99 – just one mark below this threshold.
They also show how those raw scores would have been converted to scaled scores in 2018.
The pass mark has been lowered in maths and Spag this year. The tables show how a pupil with 60 marks out of 110 in maths in 2018 would have had a scaled score of 99 – and so failed to reach the expected standard. This year a pupil with 58 marks out of 110 in maths would have a scaled score of 100 and so would have reached the expected standard.
English grammar, punctuation and spelling
Why today's maths Sats results don’t seem to add up
The KS2 Sats results published today by the Department for Education show that 79 per cent of Year 6 pupils reached the expected standard in maths this year – a rise of 3 percentage points.
But the DfE's accompanying chart shows the percentage of Year 6 pupils reaching the expected standard in maths in 2018 as 75 per cent.
The DfE has told Tes that both the 75 per cent figure for 2018 and the 3 percentage point rise to 79 per cent in 2019 are in fact correct, with the seemingly contradictory information being due to a rounding issue.
So now you know.
Problems with the next wave of statutory primary tests?
Teachers are distorting the curriculum to ensure their pupils perform well in the government’s controversial times tables check, a leading maths consultant warned this morning.
“Evidence of working with schools up and down the country in preparation for the pilot last month shows me that teachers are distorting the curriculum, narrowing the curriculum, so that their pupils can answer 25 questions in a six-second gap without being able to know the inverse,” says Alison Brothwick.
Read the full story here.
Campaign group concerned about 'branding children as failures'
Anti-Sats campaign group More than a Score has reacted to today's KS2 Sats results.
Sara Tomlinson, spokesperson for campaign group More Than A Score, said: “The Department for Education’s announcement comes at a heavy price for schools, teachers and, most of all, pupils.
“Over a third of Year 6 pupils have been told that they have ‘not reached the expected standard’ based on a very narrow set of tests, taken under pressurised exam conditions. Branding children as failures just before they start secondary school risks turning them off learning altogether.
“It’s not right or accurate to base a school’s overall performance on the test results of 10 and 11-year-olds. There are more supportive ways to assess children and fairer ways to measure schools, without the need to turn pupils into data-points."
Nick Gibb says results are 'testament' to teachers' hard work
This year 65 per cent of Year 6 pupils reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, according to the DfE's interim headline results.
Nick Gibb, school standards minister, said: “These results show the majority of pupils are leaving primary school ready to deal with the challenges of secondary school. The pupils who performed well in these tests will have demonstrated sophisticated grammatical skills like using the subjunctive, the ability to divide fractions and mastery of complex spellings.
“It’s testament to the hard work and dedication of teachers that we have seen results rising over time despite the bar of expectation having been raised.”
65% of pupils reach expected standard
Today’s provisional Sats results reveal that 65 per cent of 10- and 11-year-olds have reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths.
The headline figures released by the Department for Education show that results have risen since last year, when 64 per cent of pupils reached the expected standard in the three Rs.
How did you do?
The KS2 Sats results went back to schools today, and teachers and headteachers were up early to discover how their pupils had done.
Snap poll backs early start for Sats day
Schools used to get their Sats results at midnight - now it’s 7.30am. It seems to have been a fairly popular move, with 65 per cent of respondents to this snap Twitter poll preferring the early start to staying up late.
'Government needs to listen on Sats'
The figures, which it has released today, show that a total of 141,107 ballot papers were issued, of which 54,591 were returned. Of those, 97 per cent said they would support a campaign against Sats and high-stakes testing in primary schools.
The pass marks have been published
The pass marks have been published for the KS2 Sats.
The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) has revealed that pupils needed fewer marks this year than in 2018 to reach the expected standard in maths and in spelling, punctuation and grammar (Spag).
But the pass mark, or threshold score, for reading remained the same.
Pupils' raw scores are converted to a scaled score between 80 and 120, in which 100 represents the expected standard.
Scaled scores are used to enable accurate comparisons of performance over time.
The STA has published conversion tables which show how each raw score corresponds to a scaled score.
Was this year's Sats reading paper fair for children with Send?
Send and literacy specialist Kenny Wheeler looks at this year’s reading paper through the eyes of a pupil with literacy difficulties.
"If a pupil has a slower reading rate of, say, 90 words per minute, then by the time they have read the text they have under one minute to answer each question," he points out.
"So, are we testing the ability to read, understand and respond to questions or are we testing reading speed? Are we making it a fair assessment for pupils who have literacy difficulties?"
Union tight-lipped over support for Sats boycott
The NEU teaching union is delaying the release of a crucial ballot result which will show whether its members support a boycott of Sats.
At the same time as the national Key Stage 2 Sats results are realised tomorrow, the NEU is due to publish some details of an indicative ballot which took place over the last month.
But Tes understands they do not relate to a specific question as to whether the union should go forward with a full ballot for industrial action with a boycott of the controversial primary school tests.
Time spent on writing assessments
As well as taking tests in maths, reading and spelling, punctuation and grammar (Spag), pupils' writing ability is assessed by their teachers. Michael Tidd, headteacher of Medmerry primary school, West Sussex, revealed that from more than 900 responses to a survey shared on social media, nearly 60 per cent said teachers were spending more than 10 hours on reaching judgements for the Year 6 writing assessment, for a single class.
"If we cautiously assume that those who said they were spending over 10 hours spent only just over that amount, that’s the equivalent of two teaching days additional workload. Imagine what could be achieved by giving that time over to planning excellent teaching," he wrote.
Tests 'don't measure imagination'
More than a Score, a parents and teachers campaign group, is calling for Sats to be abolished saying they create stress for children and lead to a narrowing of the curriculum.
Today More than a Score has released a film with well-known figures such as author Michael Rosen, Green MP Caroline Lucas and actor Adil Ray telling children what the tests don’t measure – whether it is how well you tell a joke, or how brilliantly you can play the drums.
The DfE has said that the tests should not be stressful for pupils and that they are important in helping the government to understand how well schools are supporting children.
When will schools know the Sats results?
The results of the KS2 Sats tests taken by 600,000 10 and 11-year olds will be released to schools tomorrow at 7.30am.
Pupils in Year 6 took the tests in reading, maths and spelling, punctuation and grammar (Spag) in May and now their teachers and headteachers are nervously waiting to find out how they did.
We will keep you up-to-date with everything you need to know about Sats results day 2019.