In the last week we’ve had a bit more detail about progress calculations (at last) and can now be a little clearer on how these fit with the new floor and coasting standards. There are a few changes to be aware of which I’l try to highlight, along with the explainer videos I’ve made.
Progress Measures from 2016
There has been one slight change to progress calculations since I made the video below back in the autumn. KS1 APS scores (which are effectively the baseline measure for progress until 2019), will be calculated slightly differently than originally planned. Rather than simply adding all 3 subjects together and dividing by 3, Maths will now count double to balance out the fact that English has two scored strands (for Reading & Writing).
One thing to note, which has caused a little confusion: the “group of pupils with the same KS1 APS score”, means all pupils in the country who had that score, not just other pupils in the same school/group. The video has been updated to reflect this.
Floor & Coasting Standards
Again, there is a video to explain this here, with a few additional notes below:
Some things just to highlight:
- There is a change from the old floor standards, in that schools who do not meet the 65% attainment threshold must instead meet all three progress measures, whereas until 2015 schools only had to be above at least one measure.
- Similarly, for the coasting standard, while in 2014/15 it was enough to be above one measure, from 2016 schools must be above the necessary progress thresholds, unless they are already above the 85% attainment level.
- The progress measures are school-level measures, as outlined in the first video. So a school where children, on average, made the same progress as others with similar starting points, would end up with a progress score of 0. Those doing slightly better than average with their pupils overall would have a positive score; those with more pupils doing less well than average would have a negative score.
- Remember that progress scores are based on comparing pupils who had the same APS score at KS1, so a child who scored L2c Reading, L1 Writing and L3 maths would be considered to have the same starting point as one who had L3 Reading. L2a Writing and L2c Maths.