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Recent Changes To The KS2 SATs

Over the past few years, we have seen a number of changes to the national curriculum tests.

The main alterations in 2012 were:
  • The writing test was to undergo a complete renovation in 2013, but for 2012 the writing test was in the form of internal teacher assessment. A writing test was also sent to the schools to aid them in their judgement. However, if schools still wanted to have the tests externally marked, they were able request separate tests.  
  • Optional Level 6 tests were made available for high attaining students. A reading test and mathematics test are now available for external marking and a writing test was also be supplied for internal marking and assessment.

2013 saw some significant adjustments to the English testing process to allow for a more structured, literacy-based assessment. The 2013 changes were as follows:

  • The writing test was replaced with a statutory test of grammar, spelling and punctuation skills. Writing will now be subject to teacher assessment only, while the more technical aspects are to be assessed by an externally marked test.
  • There was no science testing in 2013. There will be biennial science sampling from 2014.
  • More emphasis was placed on teacher assessment. Schools will be required to submit their teacher assessments before the national curriculum test results are returned, as this will prevent them from being swayed by the test results.

In 2014, the tests will remain largely the same. There will just be some refinements to the Level 3-5 tests as follows:
  • There will no longer be a calculator paper in the mathematics exams. Both maths papers will be non-calculator.
  • The texts in the reading paper will no longer be linked by a theme. There will still be 3 or 4 texts, but they will have different subjects. They will start with the least demanding text, then increase in difficulty.






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