End of Key Stage 2 (Year 6) assessment : 2016
What will the assessment consist of?
The May assessment will be based on the content in the new National Curriculum (which was introduced in September 2014). This is the first year it will be assessed.
The tests will cover English reading, English grammar and punctuation, spelling and maths. These will be set and marked externally and you will receive results for these in early July.
Science, reading, writing and maths will be teacher assessed as well and results will be reported on your child’s school report. These assessments will be based on the work they have produced over the course of the year.
How will the children be assessed?
Through tests – maths, reading, spelling, and punctuation and grammar.
Through teacher assessment – maths, science, reading and writing
Levels will no longer be used. Instead, children will be assessed to see, if they have met the ‘expected’ standard.
For tests, ‘expected’ standard will be a scaled score of 100 (based on their actual test mark) with end points below and above 100. The actual score to scaled score conversion will not be decided until the tests have been take in summer 2016.
For reading, maths and science (teacher assessment) there is one band:
working at the expected standard.
For writing there are three bands: working towards expected standard,
working at the expected standard and working at greater depth within the expected standard.
What are the major changes this year?
- Children need to meet ALL criteria in the band and any preceding bands in order to achieve that standard. Therefore, there are limiting factors for the children’s attainment e.g. Handwriting.
- Maths – there is an increased focus on formal methods of calculation.
- Writing – there is an increased focus on use of spelling, grammar, punctuation and handwriting with a reduced focus on composition and effect.
- Punctuation and grammar – there is a greater expectation of understanding subject specific terminology.
- Reading – the papers are no longer themed. The three passages are tiered according to level of difficulty.
- No level 6 papers (i.e. higher tier).
Key Stage 2 test timetable: