Understanding Scaled Scores

SScaled scoreATs tests are externally marked, with results being returned to schools in July. The results will be shared with parents before the end of the summer term. Although each test has a different number of questions and marks available, all of the test results have been converted to a common scale. It is this scaled score that will be reported to you. The scaled score gives an indication of how children have achieved against the nationally expected standard. A score of 100 represents the expected standard. Higher scores indicate higher achievement, while scores below 100 indicate that children have not yet met the expected standard for their age.

You will receive test scores and scaled scores for each of the tested subjects:

• Reading
• Mathematics
• Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

To give an indication of the range of marks, the lowest possible score is likely to be around 70 or 80, with high scores of up to about 120 or 130. Children who score at the lower end of this range are likely to need some further support to ‘catch up’ as they move into secondary school.

Along with each of the test results, you will also receive information about the teacher’s assessment of your child’s ability.