Key stage 2: English reading test framework

Guidance for test developers on the purpose, format, content, cognitive demand and specification for the key stage 2 English reading test.


Key stage 2: English reading test framework


This framework is for contributors to the English reading key stage 2 national curriculum test. Key stage 2 teachers may also find it useful.

It gives detailed information to ensure an appropriate test is developed, including the:

  • content domain
  • cognitive domain
  • test specification

This framework supports the development of the 2016 national curriculum tests.

Published 31 March 2014
Last updated 29 June 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated framework document added.

  2. Page 15: statement for E4 corrected to ‘Knowledge of complex word meanings and subject specific technical language required’.

  3. In section 5.1.2 the table has been amended to include the correct description for complexity of target information.

  4. First published.