Note: This story is about the 2016 scaled scores. Here are the 2017 key stage 1 scaled scores.

The Department for Education has today released the marks pupils needed in last month’s key stage 1 tests to achieve the government’s “expected” score.

Scaled scores this year replace “levels” for the first time. To meet government expectations, pupils must achieve 100 in their scaled scores. But what marks this equates to differs for each paper (maths; reading; grammar, punctuation and spelling).

It wasn’t known until today how many marks pupils would need to achieve the 100 score.

A government release states the marks required are:

– Maths: 37 out of 60

– Reading: 22 out of 40

– Grammar, punctuation and spelling: 25 out of 40


Reaction to scaled scores

Teachers took to Twitter to discuss the scores and how it affected their pupils.

One user, Primary Percival has worked out what the scaled scores convert to as a percentage:


In-depth scaled scores per subject


In maths, key stage 1 pupils must get 37 out of a possible 60 to be meeting expectations. The shaded boxes in the images, released today by the DfE, show the expected standard.



For reading, children must get at least 22 out of 40:


Grammar, punctuation and spelling

And for grammar, punctuation and spelling, they need to get 25 out of 40.

Primary schools did not have to make their KS1 pupils sit the GPS tests this year, after the test was found to have been available online for months.

Schools minister Nick Gibb launched a “root and branch” investigation into the leak.


The DfE says the scaled scores (85 to 115) will remain the same in future years, but the marks needed to gain those scores might change.

Ben Fuller, lead assessment adviser at Herts for Learning, said: “In the provisional information that had been provided, an indicated range of 80-130 had been used.

“The change is interesting because it means the threshold score of 100 is now the mid-point of the range, whereas before it was slightly lower than the mid-point. Effectively, therefore, relative to the overall distribution of results, the expected standard has risen further.”

Teachers have until June 30 to submit their assessments.

Further details about the scaled scores are available on the DfE’s website.


Key stage 2

The scaled scores for key stage 2 SATs are not expected to be released until July 5. In January, the department released details of the accountability information for primary schools, based on the new assessment system.