How have Year SATs papers changed over the years?
Key Stage 2 SATs for Year 6 children (and therefore the KS2 SATs papers) have changed quite a bit over the years. Before 2016 the tests were graded in levels with children expected to achieve a Level 4 by the end of primary school. There was also a Level 6 extra paper that could be taken by children that were expected to achieve a Level 6.
From 2016 onwards, SATs test papers still cover Reading, Maths and SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar), but the papers are no longer levelled and instead this has been replaced with Scaled SATs scores. The format of the Year 6 SATs questions in the test papers also changed in 2016.
All children will receive a raw score, which is the actual number of marks they achieved on their SATs papers. This raw score is then converted into a scaled score (the scaled scores range from 80 to 120), which determines whether each child has reached the national average, and how well they have done on their SATs papers.
Parents – you will be given your child’s scaled score, and also whether they obtained the expected standard set by the Department for Education. The expected standard is set at a scaled scale of 100 or above.