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Key stage 2 national curriculum test review outcomes: 2018

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The DfE and the STA have published provisional information on the outcomes of clerical reviews and reviews of marking for the 2018 key stage 2 national curriculum tests in:

  • English reading
  • English grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • Mathematics

The published report includes information on review requests and review outcomes.

Key findings:

  • Overall, the total number of review applications from primary schools has fallen from 24,652 last year to 18,189 – or 1.4% of all tests to 1%.
  • The highest proportion of reviews are in reading, likely because the marking requires more judgement than the other two. However, reviews in this area still fell from 2.6% to 2.1%. This is despite the number of KS2 test papers taken rising, from 1.75 million last year to 1.8 million this year.
  • The English grammar, punctuation and spelling test had the fewest review applications - 0.3% of tests taken, a decrease of 0.8 percentage points compared to 2017.
  • The overall proportion of successful reviews has increased, from 8.6% to 12.9%, however this is likely to be due to a change in the definition of a 'successful review'. In previous years, this has been defined as an alteration of three or more marks, while this year that bar has been lowered to two or more.
  • The majority of review applications resulted in no change to the test outcome: 92% for English reading, 87% for mathematics and 88% for English grammar, punctuation and spelling.
  • 3 applications in total resulted in a change from 'achieving the expected standard' to 'not achieving the expected standard' following a review.

About the data:

  • The information in the report is provisional because the data does not yet take account of the outcomes of any process inquiry applications.
  • A Quality and Methodology information document accompanies this publication and is available on the key stage 2 statistics collection website. This provides further information on the data sources, their coverage and quality and explains the methodology used in producing the data, including how it is validated and processed.

Read the full report online here.

First published 12 November 2018
The DfE and the STA have published provisional information on the outcomes of clerical reviews and reviews of marking for the 2018 key stage 2 national curriculum tests in: • English reading • English grammar, punctuation and spelling • Mathematics