KS2 SATs statistics published

News - 05 Sep 2019

The Department for Education has released provisional statistics for KS2 national curriculum assessments 2019, including attainment by pupil characteristics.

The headline data is that 65% of all pupils entered for SATs reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths (combined), with 11% reaching the higher standard in all three subjects. This is a small increase from 2018 (63% and 10% respectively).

It becomes more interesting when we look more closely at the data. For example, 85% of those pupils who passed the phonics check in Y1 went on to achieve the expected standard in reading, down from 88% in 2018. Similarly, 23% of those pupils who did not pass the phonics check by the end of Y2 did go on to achieve the expected standard in reading. Perhaps there is more to reading than phonics?

The gap in attainment (i.e. reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and maths) is larger for pupils with SEN compared to those with no SEN than for any other group, including disadvantage and free school meals. 22% of pupils with SEN achieved the expected standard in all three subjects, compared to 74% of pupils with no SEN, a gap of 52 percentage points. This is fairly stable from last year (21%, 74%, gap 52% due to rounding). 1% of pupils with SEN reached the higher standard. The gap for disadvantaged pupils has fallen by 1% and for EAL it has risen by 1%.

There remains a significant range of attainment between local authorities, with the lowest LA outcome being 53% and the highest 80%, for combined achievement of the expected standard. Most of the highest achieving LAs are in London.

Read the summary and look at the tables.

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