Average progress scores from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 in Reading, Writing and Maths for 2018/19
Primary accountability: summary of new progress measures
The new progress measures, introduced in 2016, are a type of value added measure, which means that pupils’ results are compared to the actual achievements of other pupils nationally with similar prior attainment.
This type of progress measure rewards schools for making progress with all of their pupils, whether they are low, middle or high attainers. Any increase in attainment achieved by each pupil will be reflected in the school’s progress scores. They are fairer to schools in challenging circumstances, as they recognise a school that is doing a good job with an intake with poor prior attainment.
Interpreting progress scores
Progress scores will be centred around 0, with most schools within the range of -5 to +5.
A negative score does not mean that pupils did not make any progress, rather it means they made less progress than other pupils nationally with similar starting points.
For example, if a school has a maths score of -4 this would mean that on average pupils in this school achieved 4 scaled scores less than other pupils nationally with similar starting points.