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National Statistics

National curriculum assessments: key stage 2, 2012 (provisional)

Provisional information on the 2012 national curriculum assessments at key stage 2 in England.

Documents

Main text: SFR19/2012

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National tables: SFR19/2012

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Local authority and regional tables: SFR19/2012

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Underlying data: SFR19/2012

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Pre-release access list: SFR19/2012

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Details

Reference Id: SFR19/2012

Publication Type: Statistical First Release

Publication data: Local Authority data

Local Authority data: LA data

Region: England

Release Date: 20 September 2012

Coverage status: Provisional

Publication Status: Published

This statistical first release (SFR) provides information on provisional key stage 2 national curriculum writing and science sample test results for pupils (typically aged 11) in schools in England in 2012.This SFR also provides provisional figures on expected progress between key stage 1 (typically age 7) and key stage 2. This release provides information at national, regional and local authority level.

Two former SFRs, “Interim results for key stage 2 and 3 national curriculum assessments in England” and “Interim percentage of pupils making expected progress in English and mathematics between key stage 1 and key stage 2 in England” have been combined to produce this SFR, enabling a more comprehensive and coherent evaluation of pupils’ achievements at key stage 2 to be presented.

This release will not include statistics based on key stage 3 core teacher assessment data. The KS3 teacher assessment data will be published in October alongside GCSE and equivalent examination results to create a single statistical release for secondary school attainment.

There are significant changes to key stage 2 assessment arrangements for 2012 that affect this release:

  • Lord Bew’s review recommended that writing composition should be subject only to summative teacher assessment. It is no longer a requirement for all schools to administer a writing test and submit these for external marking. As a result measures based on writing teacher assessment have been introduced for the first time.
  • A representative sample of schools (approximately 1,500) was required to administer the writing tests and submit them for external marking. This data is used to publish an estimate of national attainment in the writing test.
  • A measure of overall attainment in English is published based on reading tests and writing teacher assessment results.
  • Level 6 tests in reading and mathematics were made available to schools this year, alongside an external marking service and we have incorporated these results into this release.

Since 2010 KS2 science tests for the whole cohort have been discontinued. Schools are still required to provide teacher assessments, which are reported in this release. To continue to monitor national standards in science at the end of KS2, externally-marked science sampling was introduced. These results are only valid at national level and are reported in this statistical release.

Emma Sass - Attainment Statistics Team
0207 340 8357

attainment.statistics@education.gsi.gov.uk