New KS2 tests from 2016

Ramblings of a Teacher

Following its release of consultation outcomes last week, the DfE has now released its test specifications for the new National Curriculum tests. I don’t know enough about current KS1 tests to make comparisons, so hopefully someone else will, but here follows an outline of the proposals for the new Key Stage 2 tests from Summer 2016.


The changes already made for the 2014 series will be maintained, i.e. the test will last for one hour, to include reading time, and will consist of a selection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry tests, with an accompanying answer booklet. Questions will be roughly in order of difficulty. The paper will be scored out of 50, as currently, with final raw scores being converted into a scaled score, with 100 representing the expected standard. There will be no extension paper.

Just over half the points will be awarded for one-mark answers, with 5-8 two-mark…

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