Keep up-to-date with the latest updates and news on primary assessment - Sept 2019.


27 Sept 

Update from DfE on how KS1 to KS2 progress will be measured for academic year 2019/20  

Q – How will you use assessments from 2016 to calculate KS1-KS2 progress measures / how will you use assessments no longer in levels to calculate KS1-KS2 progress measures.

Answer: We are currently working on the methodology for calculating KS1-KS2 progress measures using the new KS1 assessments from 2016 as the baseline. We will be carrying out development work and testing, as well as engaging with schools, NAHT and others over coming months. We will confirm the exact methodology in September 2020, as we need to see the summer 2020 results before confirming the best way to calculate the new baseline.


26 Sept 

Government Publication: Early years foundation stage profile results: 2017 to 2018

Early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) results for the 2017 to 2018 academic year, at national and local authority level. Find them here


26 Sept 

Government Publication: Phonics screening check and key stage 1 assessments: England 2019

Provisional information on the 2019 phonics screening check and national curriculum assessments at key stage 1. Find the data here


26 Sept

News Story: The Phonics Check needs to be independently reviewed

Following comments made by Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, FE News reports that the Union is calling for it to be independently reviewed, so that its value and effects can be objectively evaluated. Read the full story here


6 Sept 

Ofsted Publication: Primary ISDR Prototype 

Ofsted have re-developed the IDSR, following the new education inspection framework (EIF). The new IDSR now contains fewer charts and has reduced in size. See the full example, here


6 Sept

Government Publication: Relationship between reception baseline assessment and key stage 1 attainment Ad-hoc notice

The focus of this ad-hoc notice is on the 70,000 pupils who participated in the 2015 optional RBA offered by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). Whilst this cohort of pupils is yet to reach KS2, they took their key stage 1 (KS1) teacher assessments in the summer of 2018 and, as a result, the DfE have been able to investigate the relationship between their RBA and KS1 results. Read the full report here


5 Sept

News Story: SATs results show more primary pupils reach the highest standards

More pupils in England are reaching the highest standards of reading, writing and maths than last year, data from this year’s key stage 2 assessments – better known as SATs – shows. Read the full story, here


5 Sept 

Government Publication: National curriculum assessments: key stage 2, 2019 (provisional)

Provisional 2019 key stage 2 results for pupils in schools in England at national, regional and local authority level. Find them here


2 Sept 

Government Publication: Primary school accountability

Technical guidance on primary school accountability, school-level progress measures and similar schools. Find the full guidance here


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