The month of May heralds end of key stage test time.
As you will be aware, pupils studying the new national curriculum will not be assessed using levels; instead, levels will be replaced by scaled scores.
What are scaled scores?
Scaled scores are widely used and help test results to be reported consistently from one year to the next. The DfE designs national curriculum tests to be as similar as possible year on year, but slight differences in difficulty will occur between years. Scaled scores maintain their meaning over time so that two pupils achieving the same scaled score on two different tests will have demonstrated the same attainment. So on the DfE scale, 100 will always represent the ‘national standard’. However, due to the small differences in difficulty between tests, the ‘raw score’ (i.e. the total number of correct responses) that equates to 100 might be different (though similar) each year.
How will scaled scores be worked out?
The papers will be marked and the raw scores will be added together for each section (out of 110 for maths, 50 for reading and 70 for spelling, punctuation and grammar). The raw scores will then be converted into the scaled scores.
SIMS Assessment has been updated to support the statutory assessment process and includes resources and wizards to guide you through the recording of teacher assessment and test outcomes, including ‘P’ scale results if applicable.
Guide to End of Key Stage Processing for more information
More information on the Assessment and Reporting Arrangements for 2016 can be accessed via the links below:
2016 EYFS Assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA)
2016 KS1 Access and reporting arrangements (ARA)
2016 KS2 Assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA)
You may also be interested in this informative video from the Standards & Testing Agency:
If you would like us to provide an onsite consultancy visit to help you with the key stage processes or just require some assistance or information, then please call us on 0345 222 1551 • Option 3 or email the SIMS Service Desk.