Scaled scores for 2016 key stage 2 tests announced

Note (added 4 July 2017): Here are the 2017 scaled scores for key stage 2 SATs

The Department for Education has today released the marks pupils needed for this year’s key stage 2 tests to achieve the government’s “expected” score.

Scaled scores replace “levels” for the first time this year. 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: 60 out of 110

– Reading: 21 out of 50

– Grammar, punctuation and spelling: 43 out of 70

The KS2 scaled scores come a month after the release of the scores for key stage 1.

Full results for KS2 are expected later this morning. Nicky Morgan has already warned that this year’s results are “not comparable to last year’s“.

What percentage of pupils met the expected standard?

In-depth scaled scores per subject



Scaled Score - Maths 1Scaled Score - Maths 2



Scaled Score - Reading


Spelling, punctuation and grammar

Scaled Score - SPAG

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  1. Maryam

    awesome thank you my daughter took the sats and because of the new riduculous system i could’t find out how much her raw score was thank you very much and my son took the sats 8 years ago and i had understood the system because it was simple however the system now is very challenging.

    • Simply put – When using a scaled (standardised) score 100 is the middle ground, 10-15 points either side is the average range, below this is below average range and above is above average range.

      Typically students achieving above 120 would be given more challenging work than their peers and those scoring below 80 would have differentiated work.

      Hope this makes it clearer!

      • Nigel Wattis

        Hang on… Looking at the tables above, you cannot score above 120 or below 80 (unless you score 0). I understand how your reply works in relation to standard deviations but not in relation to this new system of scaled scores.

      • Sorry, you have misunderstood. You are describing a standardised score, commonly used to compare children’s attainment on different tests or at different time points. As you correctly say, these are normalised on a mean score of 100, with 85-115 representing one standard deviation each way.

        The government has produced a scaled score, not a standardised score. In the government’s version, 100 represents the ‘expected score’ (eg the pass mark) and the scaled scores can range from 80-120. What counts as a low or high score under this system is anyone’s guess!

  2. What would be good is a graph of results so you can easily see where your child comes in relation to other students. So you can see easily – are they in the top 10% or the bottom 10% – somewhere in the middle etc etc.

    • Beccie

      This is what I have been looking for as well. My son did really well from his marks but I would like to know where abouts he is in relation to the rest of the children who took it.

    • Eleanor

      That’s basically how the scaled score is set and calculated, by comparing the children and their scores. If it is 110 above they are in the higher sector. 102 was the average scaled score nationally. It is best to speak to the kid’s teacher if you are desperate to know how they compare to their classmates; speaking as a teacher, I have more respect for parents who want children to do well under their own terms rather than in relation to others.

  3. Sarah

    Lots of people have received their Sats results however my child and the school don’t seem to have a clue when ours are coming.
    Should it be a set date when we get them. Very little info as to when we will get these! Very frustrating when parents have worked so hard revising for so long with their child.

  4. Sarah

    Why can you drop no marks in maths to achieve 120 but can drop quite a few in reading? Seems v unfair even the best maths students can make silly error!

  5. Ghania

    My son get 118 in math and 110 in spag
    But he missed it in reading cos he was panicking and didn’t finish his paper work, he scored 95 by the way
    Does this effect him
    With this score is he passed or not
    I’m so worried about him
    He worked hard for the whole year