On 1 September the Standards and Testing Agency announced that the Performance Tables data checking website for primary schools has opened.
This is the link: https://tableschecking.education.gov.uk/
The full announcement can be seen here: https://dfe.custhelp.com/ci/documents/detail/2/School_iss_1_01-09-2016
It is essential to check your data before the website closes on 16 September; the data also includes provisional calculations of your KS1 to KS2 value added progress measures. Whatever version of your data that they have after the website closes will be used as the validated version to publish the Performance Tables and make the final judgement on whether or not you have met the floor or coasting standards.
Also on 1 September the DfE published for the first time the definition of the floor standards for KS1 to KS2 value added progress measures. The full details can be seen here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/primary-school-accountability
This is the relevant text, which also confirms the previously announced definition of the attainment element of the floor standard:
The floor standard is the minimum standard for pupil attainment and / or progress that the government expects schools to meet. No school will be confirmed as being below the floor until December 2016 when schools’ performance tables are published.
In 2016, a school will be above the floor if:
- at least 65% of pupils meet the expected standard in English reading, English writing and mathematics;
- the school achieves sufficient progress scores in all three subjects. At least -5 in English reading, -5 in mathematics and -7 in English writing.
To be above the floor, the school needs to meet either the attainment or all of the progress element.
There is an additional complication to the progress floor standard which can be seen only in footnote 2 on page 6 of the full accountability measures document on the DfE website noted above – it is not included in the summary version. Here it is:
2 If the school has one progress score that is less than sufficient in one subject, the school will only be below the floor if the progress score for that subject is significantly below average - the upper band of its confidence interval is below zero
Here are examples of what this would mean in practice. Note that if you have scored at least 65% combined in reading, writing and maths then you are above floor so the examples focus only on progress.
Note that in previous years, although the progress measure was defined using levels of progress from KS1 to KS2, a school had to meet the measure in only one of the subjects in order to meet the floor standard through the progress element.
The attainment element of the coasting definition is already known – at least 85% of children must reach the expected standard in all three of reading, writing and maths. The progress element will be defined when the coasting Regulations are laid before Parliament later in the autumn.
The percentage of pupils reaching the higher standard
This is defined in the full accountability measures document on the DfE website. Like the attainment element of the floor standards it is a combined measure, so a pupil will be regarded as having reached the higher standard if the pupil has:
- a score of at least 110 in the reading test
- a score of at least 110 in the maths test
- a writing teacher assessment of ‘working at a greater depth within the expected standard’
Note that this is not part of floor standards or the coasting definition.
Schools to which floor standards do not apply
Floor standards do not apply to:
- Infant schools
- Special schools
- Independent schools
- Pupil referral units
- Alternative provision
- Hospital schools
- Schools with fewer than 11 eligible pupils in the Year 6 cohort
- Schools where fewer than 50% of the Year 6 pupils have KS1 assessments that can be used in the progress calculation
- Schools where any one subject (reading, writing or maths) at KS2 has fewer than 6 pupils.
In addition to the list above closed schools, including those which closed during the 2015 to 2016 academic year and reopened as a sponsored academy, are excluded from the 2016 floor standards.
This means that a school that became a sponsored academy during this period is not subject to the floor standard, until it has been open as the new school for at least one full academic year.
Schools which have become converter academies during the 2015 to 2016 academic year are treated as continuing schools and are included in the floor standard calculations.