DfE publishes statement on primary accountability and assessment

31 March 2014

On 27 March, the DfE published a response to the consultation on primary accountability and assessment following the introduction of the new national curriculum. ASCL members will find parts of this document informative as it includes arrangements for the new Key Stage 2 assessments from 2016. As expected, Key Stage 2 test results from 2016 will be expressed as a scaled score with pupils achieving a score above or below 100. The national expectation will be set at 100 which will be equivalent to a current Level 4b, thus raising expectations from the current Level 4. The document does not explicitly refer to progress from end of Key Stage 2 to end of Key Stage 4 but we know that from 2016, the progress measure for Key Stage 4 will use this scaled score as a baseline.

Further details about the new Key Stage 2 tests can be found  in the test framework documents. The framework includes information about what will be assessed and the standards expected so might be helpful to maths and English departments.