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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:34 pm 
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I posted this query in "PRIMARY" but I'm not sure how many parents are active there so I give it a try here:

Hi,
Are the SATS tests supposed to be age standardised? I thought they were, but I might be wrong.... In particular, I'm concerned about the writing, since the teacher is now supposed to do that without any official test at the end of the year. Must be hard for an (unexperienced) teacher to give a standardised grade (?)
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Hi again,
I found the following document after a bit of searching:
https://www.gov.uk/teacher-assessment-k ... -and-tests

"...The teacher’s handbooks and guides include mark schemes, level threshold information and age standardised scores so that you can mark the tests and attribute appropriate levels."

So, quite clearly age standardised scores are given.

Thus, will a child born in August require lower RAW score than a child born in Sep to achieve eg level 3b? (assuming Sep children score better on the average than Aug children)

Or are the age standardised scores presented separately.... and a certain grade requires a certain raw score?

If the grades are supposed to be age standardised, this must be rather hard hen it comes to the "Writing" assessment.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:59 pm 
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No, I don't think they are.

I have an older DC who did SATS three years ago and there was no age standardisation given in the final results.

I'm not aware of any age standardisation for anything other than 11 plus. That is why we frequently have the "summer born" vs. 'autumn born" discussion on here.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 1:36 pm 
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Thanks, for the reply.

The link was:
https://www.gov.uk/teacher-assessment-k ... -and-tests


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 3:14 pm 
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I'd be surprised if they were. My dd sat SATs last year and there was no mention of the fact that she was 6 months younger than the rest of her cohort who sat for level 6s. Also I'm a governor at a primary school and have never heard this mentioned in all the endless discussion about results!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 3:30 pm 
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I'd always viewed SATs as a series of hoops to be jumped through; if you can do this, this and this you move up a level. Rather than a measure of innate measure of ability/potential. I'm not aware if ever having any standardisation.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:15 pm 
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This information used to be published along with the level thresholds. I'm not sure if it is still going as the most recent one I've seen is from the 2012 tests.

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov. ... sed-scores

Teacher assessed work would not be age standardised.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 6:06 pm 
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No SATs are not standardised. They should be….


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:28 pm 
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Why should they be age standardised? You'd then have to take into account prematurity of more than 6 weeks ...


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:30 am 
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Thanks for all the replies.

You are correct. (I've also confirmed with teacher+called up the info line on the web page that I mentioned above).

What did puzzle me was "....age standardised scores so that you can mark the tests and attribute appropriate levels." which COULD be interpretted as that teachers determine the age standardised score (based on child's age+raw score) and from this age standardised score attribute appropriate level. BUT what they meant was that the teachers can give the parents their child's RAW score, Age st. score and finally level and this level is purely based on the RAW score.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 12:55 pm 
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I suppose you could argue, were would it all end? Age standardisation of GCSEs and A levels as well, as the difference does last up until then apparently.


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