On 4 August the DfE published their Statement of Intent (SOI) for the content of the school and college performance tables in 2016.
Primary schools will be well aware of the significant differences introduced by the new scaled scores for reading and maths, the new teacher assessments for writing, and the currently unknown expectations for progress measures. This article summarises the latest situation regarding how the performance data will be used in primary accountability measures. Read our Primary SOI blog to find out about the main differences from 2015.
Floor and coasting standards – what’s the difference?
 Both of them look at the same categories of performance measures – attainment and progress.
 Both of them set a minimum score that you have to reach to meet the attainment or progress component of the standard (although the coasting threshold is higher than the floor).
 Both of them regard you as having met the standard in the year if you meet either the attainment component or the progress one.
 Apart from the thresholds, the main difference is the fact that you will be classed as ‘coasting’ only if you fail to meet the coasting standard in each of three consecutive years. The floor standard is a pass/fail in any one year.
20132014 Definitions
Floor Standard 
Coasting Standard 

Definition of attainment component 
At least 65% of pupils achieved at least a level 4 at KS2 in each of reading, writing and mathematics. 
At least 85% of pupils achieved at least a level 4 at KS2 in each of reading, writing and mathematics. 
Definition of progress component 
The percentage of children making expected progress from KS1 to KS2 must be equal to or higher than the national median in at least one of reading (94%), writing (96%) or mathematics (93%). 
The percentage of children making expected progress from KS1 to KS2 must be equal to or higher than the national median in at least one of reading (94%), writing (96%) or mathematics (93%). This is exactly the same as the floor standard definition. 
20142015 Definitions
Floor Standard 
Coasting Standard 

Definition of attainment component 
At least 65% of pupils achieved at least a level 4 at KS2 in each of reading, writing and mathematics. 
At least 85% of pupils achieved at least a level 4 at KS2 in each of reading, writing and mathematics. 
Definition of progress component 
The percentage of children making expected progress from KS1 to KS2 must be equal to or higher than the national median in at least one of reading (94%), writing (97%) or mathematics (93%). 
The percentage of children making expected progress from KS1 to KS2 must be equal to or higher than the national median in at least one of reading (94%), writing (97%) or mathematics (93%). This is exactly the same as the floor standard definition. 
20152016 Definitions
Floor Standard 
Coasting Standard 

Definition of attainment component 
At least 65% of pupils meet the expected standard in each of reading, writing and mathematics. 
At least 85% of pupils meet the expected standard in each of reading, writing and mathematics. 
Definition of progress component 
The school achieves sufficient progress scores in each of reading, writing and mathematics. Notice that this is harder than in the previous two years, when you had to meet only one of the relevant subject progress medians. 
The school achieves sufficient progress scores in each of reading, writing and mathematics. Notice that this is harder than in the previous two years, when you had to meet only one of the relevant subject progress medians. The Department has also suggested in the past that whatever threshold is set for passing the floor standard progress component in 2016, a higher threshold will be set for this one. 
Remember that in each year you will meet the standard if you satisfy either the attainment or the progress component. 2016 is clearly harder in both cases, but the SOI confirms that no more than 6% of schools will fall below the floor standard this year. This means that the progress threshold for that standard will have to be set accordingly, since only 53% of pupils nationally have met the attainment component of the floor standard in 2016.
Finally, also remember that to be coasting overall you would need to be coasting in 2014 and 2015 and 2016.
If you would like help with understanding, analysing and using your school data please contact One Education’s Mike Powell on 0844 967 1111.