The New SATs Grading System

Source: National curriculum assessments at key stage 2 in England, 2019 (revised)

The grading system for SATs changed in 2016. The scores are now scaled, meaning that they are awarded points based on the mark achieved.

The range of the points is between 80 and 120. This means that the highest score a child can achieve is 120. (note: the highest score in KS1 is 115 and the lowest is 85).

 

What is a good KS1 SATs score?

115 – the highest score that a child can achieve.

114 to 101 – a child has exceeded the expected level

100 – a child is working at the expected level

99 to 85 – a child has not met the expected level

 

What is a good KS2 SATs score?

120 – the highest score that a child can achieve.

119 to 101 – a child has exceeded the expected level

100 – a child is working at the expected level

99 to 80 – a child has not met the expected level

 

How is the KS2 SATs score calculated?

Below is the new SATs grading system that is set out in the National Curriculum:

English grammar, punctuation and spelling

Raw Score
Scaled Score
Raw Score
Scaled Score
0-2 N/A 34-35 99
36-38 100
3 80 39-40 101
4 80 41-42 102
5 81 43-44 103
6 82 45-46 104
7 83 47 105
8 84 48-49 106
9 85 50-51 107
10 86 52 108
11-12 87 53-54 109
13 88 55 110
14-15 89 56-57 111
16-17 90 58 112
18 91 59 113
19-20 92 60 114
21-22 93 61 115
23-25 94 62 116
26-27 95 63 117
28-29 96 64 118
30-31 97 65 119
32-33 98 66 – 70 120

English Reading

Raw Score
Scaled Score
Raw Score
Scaled Score
0-2 N/A 26 98
27 99
3 80 28 100
4 80 29 100
5 80 30 101
6 82 31 102
7 83 32 102
8 84 33 103
9 85 34 104
10 86 35 105
11 87 36 106
12 88 37 106
13 89 38 107
14 89 39 108
15 90 40 109
16 91 41 110
17 92 42 111
18 92 43 113
19 93 44 114
20 94 45 115
21 95 46 117
22 95 47 118
23 96 48 120
24 97 49 120
25 97 50 120

Mathematics

Raw Score
Scaled Score
Raw Score
Scaled Score
0 N/A 54-57 99
1-2 58-61 100
3-5 80 62-66 101
6 81 67-70 102
7-8 82 71-74 103
9 83 75-77 104
10-11 84 78-81 105
12-13 85 82-85 106
14-15 86 86-88 107
16-17 87 89-91 108
18-19 88 92-94 109
20-22 89 95-97 110
23-24 90 98-99 111
25-27 91 100-101 112
28-31 92 102-103 113
32-34 93 104 114
35-37 94 105 115
38-41 95 106 116
42-45 96 107 117
46-49 97 108 118
50-53 98 109-110 120