We have been contacted by a large number of Primary and Junior Schools with questions about the 2012 KS2 test results, associated Levels, NC points and methodology for calculating levels, APS etc.
We are more than happy to speak to or email schools about specific issues but here is a summary of the main questions we have been asked:
- The test results for reading and maths are converted to levels using the DfE threshold charts published on 10th July 2012 – see earlier blog post 10th July
- To be awarded a Level 6 in a subject (reading & maths) a pupil must achieve both a L5 in the end of KS2 test and pass the L6 test
- The writing Average Points Score (APS) is calculated for the School on the basis that W = 3 points; Level 1 = 9; L2 = 15; L3 = 21; L4 = 27; L5 = 33; and L6 = 39
- The overall English Level awarded is derived from the DfE grid – see earlier blog post 11th July
- Where a pupil’s writing level is at L3 or above and they have taken and received marks in the reading test (even if graded at N – not awarded a level) the DfE grid will require a calculation to be done
- The calculation of the English threshold level in these cases awards writing Level 3 = 30 marks; L4 = 40; and L5 = 50. This is added to the reading test score and then converted to NC level using the threshold table for English.- see earlier blog post 10th July
- If both reading and writing are L6, then a L6 will be awarded for English overall. However if either subject is not L6, then the L6 tests are ignored and the threshold calculation takes place based on the L3-5 reading test and the assumes L5 = 50 for writing (unless the writing level is lower)
- In the calculation of APS in all subjects a Level 6 is treated as a L6b = 39 points, this is the basis the DfE intend to use in all its calculations, including for the value added calculations
- This means that in the reading, English and maths value added calculations, the KS2 score used will be granular to the test mark achieved up to and including L5 but at L6 will jump straight to 39 points. We are yet to see the impact of this on school’s VA calculations but it could be marked for some schools
- N – not awarded a level and B – below the level of the test continue to be given 15 NC points in the calculation of APS and points progress
It is still very unclear what the impact of the change in writing assessments and the introduction of the L6 tests will be on school’s results, the national averages and the school’s relative position, although with up to 10% of pupils taking the reading and maths L6 tests there will be some movement from previous year averages.
We hope you have found this useful, if anything is unclear or you have further questions please contact Andy Best on 07917 080201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org