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2018 primary performance tables: three-year averages to be included

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The Department for Education (DfE) has published a statement of intent explaining which data it plans to publish for schools in the primary performance tables. It includes information on the main changes to 2018 performance tables and provides information on the publication dates of national-level data.

The statement of intent confirms the department will publish primary performance data for schools and MATs in December 2018.

Main changes to 2018 primary performance measures

NAHT is pleased that the DfE has listened to our calls to include three-year averages in the performance data.

The DfE has confirmed it will present:

  • both attainment and progress headline measures as three-year time series (i.e. the 2016, 2017 and 2018 data alongside each other); and
  • three-year averages for headline measures, for attainment measures only and only where the school has three years of assessment data:
    • the average proportion of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths over three years;
    • the average proportion of pupils achieving a high standard in reading, writing and maths over three years;
    • the average scaled score awarded in reading over three years; and
    • the average scaled score awarded in maths over three years.

In addition, following discussions with NAHT, in 2018 the DfE will implement some minor changes to the primary progress measures that reduce the disproportionate effect that extremely negative individual scores can have on the overall picture of performance for a school. You can read more about this change here.

Headline performance measures

The 2018 headline measures of performance at the end of key stage 2 will be:

  • the percentage of pupils achieving the 'expected standard' in reading, writing and maths;
  • the pupils' average scaled score in each of reading and maths;
  • the percentage of pupils who achieve a higher standard in reading, writing and maths; and
  • the pupils' average progress (adjusted) in each of reading, writing and maths.

As usual, the DfE will share provisional school-level performance measures with schools via the key stage 2 performance tables data checking exercise. They plan to open the checking website early in September, releasing progress data to schools at the same time. 

First published 14 August 2018