Number of KS1 and KS2 SATS maladministration rises

The number of cases of SATs maladministration investigated by the Standards and Testing Agency has risen from 599 to 793, comparing 2018 and 2017 in Key Stages one (KS1) and two (KS2).

There was also an increase in the number of cases at KS1 resulting in amendment or annulment of results from 2017 to 2018 (there were 21 cases, compared to 19 in 2017).  

There were 122 cases of amendment or annulment of KS2 results in 2018, compared to 78 in 2017.

The main source for allegations was schools — this made up 48 per cent of investigations.

The main type of allegation was a test administrator over-aiding, which made up 33 per cent of investigations.

The term 'maladministration' refers to any act that could jeopardise the integrity, security or confidentiality of the national curriculum assessments and could lead to results that do not reflect the unaided abilities of pupils.

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