Year 2 Tests and Teacher AssessmentFebruary 2019
Aims of the Meeting
Help parents understand the difference between teacher assessment and the end of year 2 tests, and the role each has to playGive information about the arrangements for preparing children for the assessment processGive parents an insight into the content of the English andMathspapersGive parents an opportunity to view past papersOffer parents advice on how to support their childrenExplain the standards
What are the SATs?
SATs stands for Standard Assessment Tests.These are tests which are taken by pupils all over the country.They are taken in Year 2 (KS1) and in Year 6 (KS2) .The KS1 tests are designed to assess pupils who are working at the year 2 expected standard in the national curriculum.
Teacher Assessment and Testing
The snapshot and the video!Testing can happen throughout May and class teachers choose when to carry out the tests within this time scaleTeacher assessment is on going until almost the end of June.Teacher assessment ofReading, Writing,Mathsand ScienceTestsforReading andMathsand there is an optional Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test
What does the ‘expected standard’ mean?
An average year 2 child is expected to achieve at the expected standard in each area. A child with additional needs or at the early stages of learning English may be awarded a p-scale levelor one of the standards below the expected standard.Achild may also attain at ‘greater depth’ in teacher assessment showing that their work meets some further higher standards.
Writing at the expected standard
The pupil can write a narrative about their own and others’ experiences (real and fictional)demarcating most sentences with capital letters and full stops andsome questionmarks and exclamation marksusing sentences with different forms in their writing (statements, questions, exclamations and commands)using some expanded noun phrases to describe and specifyusing present and past tense mostly correctly and consistently
using co-ordination (or / and / but) and some subordination (when / if / that / because)segmenting spoken words into phonemes andspellingmany correctlyspelling many common exceptionwords and somewords with contractedformsaddingsuffixese.g.–ment,–ness,–ful,–less,–lyusing the diagonal and horizontal strokes needed to join letters in some of their writingwriting capital letters and digits of the correct size, orientation and relationship to one another and to lower case letters
High quality teaching and learningChildren do not do, and do not need to do, practice papers
How are the tests carried out?
We never say to the children that they are doing a test. This helps children to remain relaxed and positive.We aim at all times to carry out tests and tasks as part of normal classroom practice.Some children may work in a small group with another teacher or a learning support assistant if they need a more supportive environment.
Children complete 1 or 2 tests to assess their reading level.The teacher decides whether the child completes the second test based on how well they do in the first testGenerally children who are working at or above average complete both tests. The tests are not timed so children can work at their own pace.
Children complete an arithmetic and a reasoningMathstest. These are not timed so children work at their own pace. They may have help with reading any or all of the questions.
Science is not tested. Teachers use on going teacher assessment to evidence which standard to allocate to each child.
What happens to the results?
The results of all tests are used to support teacher assessments.The final teacher assessment levels are reported to the local authority at the beginning of June. The authority then collects this data together and returns an individual record sheet for each child.Wherever possible we try to include these with the end of year report but we are reliant on the authority returning the record sheets to us in time.
How does the school use the results?
The school uses the results to inform future planning.Results are used to inform teachers in year three about the attainment of the children in their class so that appropriate challenge can be built in for all children.The results from year 2 set an expectation for progress and attainment in years 3 to 6.
What can parents do to help?
A partnership of school and home is vital and powerful. Keep reading and talking with your child at home.Do not talk about testing or tests with your child.It is our aim to complete the process in a stress free way for all pupils.Parents can ensure a child’s attendance is consistent. ‘Every lesson counts’ is a Government slogan which we support. We do not have time to repeat lessons if someone is away.Make sure your child is ready to learn. Tired children cannot learn effectively.