Key Stage 2 performance tables: which pupils are included?

Find out which pupils should take the KS2 tests and who's included in performance tables.

Last reviewed on 2 May 2023
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School types: All · School phases: Primary
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  1. Who should take the tests? 
  2. Absent pupils may not receive a scaled score
  3. Some pupils aren't counted in the combined measure
  4. Omitting pupils from performance measures

Who should take the tests? 

Pupils must take the tests if they: 

  • Have completed the Key Stage (KS) 2 programme of study
  • Are working at the overall standard of the tests 

You can use practice material and your knowledge of each pupil to help you decide if they should take the tests (see pages 24 and 25 of the KS2 assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA) guidance).

Pupils shouldn't take the tests if any of the following apply:

Note that if any of these pupils do sit the test, even accidentally,