The reason assessment happens is to make sure your child is on course to master the basics of reading, writing and mathematics by the time they leave primary school. Assessment is important because it helps teachers to understand how your child is doing and put in place support to help them improve if they need it. If, for example, your child is struggling with their reading, it is vital that we know this early on, so we can give them the help they need to get back on track.
The Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 1 Phonics Screening
Assessments in the Early Years and the Year 1 Phonics Screening test remain unchanged.
The Phonics test threshold score for the expected level is released after the results have been submitted to the DfE. The threshold score this year was 32/40.
Key Stage 1
As you might already know, this was the first year of the new Key Stage 1 tests in Mathematics, English reading, and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (which was optional this year). There is no test in science at Key Stage 1.
This year’s tests are the first to reflect the new primary curriculum, which was introduced in 2014. This new curriculum is designed to be on a par with the best education systems in the world, and to give your child the best start in life.
Because this is the first year of the new tests, the results will look very different from those of previous years, and should not be compared with them.
Key Stage 2
2016 was the first year of the new Key Stage 2 tests in Mathematics, Reading and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling. The tests assess children against a national standard. This year’s tests are the first tests to reflect the new primary curriculum, which was introduced in 2014.
As this is the first year of the new tests the results will look different from those of previous years and cannot be compared with them directly. The Government has introduced a new curriculum to be on a par with the best education systems in the world and expect children to achieve higher standards than before. This is because we want every child to leave primary school having mastered the skills in Reading, Writing and Mathematics so that they can reach their potential at secondary school and throughout their adult life.