What are SATs?
SATs is the abbreviation for Standard Assessment Tests also specified as National Curriculum Tests. These tests are taken at the end of the year 2, 6 and 9. These tests are generally carried out to check the compare children’s abilities.
Key Stage 1
SATs take place throughout the month of May for key stage 1 at the end of child’s school. A teacher will assess the child in reading, writing (including handwriting and spelling), science and maths (including space, number, shape and measurement). The class teacher will judge the child’s ability by setting short pieces (questions) of work relating to English and Maths.
Various tasks and tests will be carried out on the basis of which the tutor will assess the child’s performance. It will take around 3 hours all together to complete the tests and tasks. Test results will not be reported instead utilized by the tutor to check child’s overall attainment.
Key Stage 2
SATs for key stage 2 are considered more formal and potentially fundamental than the tests and tasks used at key stage 1 for assessment and are composed of teacher’s assessments and tests. In year 6 the tests are taken of the core subjects, Maths, Science and English.
These tests are carried out in specified days in Mid-May and are constructed to carefully test child’s understanding and knowledge abilities. Complete test time duration will be between 4 to 7 ½ hours depending on the type of test a child choose. English, Science and Maths are the subjects assessed by the teacher and subsequently modified by the local authority.
Children’s work should be consistently assessed by the teacher at regular intervals. Teachers may further assess few children to check they might be capable of achieving better and improved higher levels.
An external teacher will mark the results making it available in July before the child leaves Primary School. The peak of attainment at Key Stage 2 will imitate two important aspects: national test results (child’s) and teacher’s assessment.
‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ bands are assigned additionally to the grading levels of 3, 4 and 5. ‘A’ representing the highest level while ‘C’ the lowest. Both SATs and teacher’s assessment in collaboration are utilized to stream children to next educational level (secondary school) so it is essential to target them.