Publication of further guidance for KS2 by the STA may see further changes to the material below. LA should be careful to look at the most recent available guidance.
Welcome to the Nexus guide for Key Stage 2 Tests in 2023
- Find out what the KS2 Test looks like in 2023 and what it means for you, your colleagues and your schools.
- Understand the import process for KS2 Tests in 2023, including key dates.
- Find out how you and your schools can benefit from early NCER National figures.
- 2023 Timeline for KS2
- KS2 Test Data
- How to obtain files for Keypas from Primary Assessment Gateway
- Nexus Reports & Features
- Your questions answered
2023 Timeline for KS2
KS2 events are shown in yellow on THIS timeline.
The timeline above shows items relating to Key Stage 2 tests, as well as some other KS2 data events.
The first iteration of the KS2 data feed will be available to LAs from Primary Assessment Gateway (PAG) on 11 July. On the same day, the DfE will publish the raw score to scaled score tables.
The DfE will release their initial KS2 statistical publication in early-September through Analyse School Performance (ASP). Thanks to Nexus, your LA has access to NCER National figures, much earlier than DfE published statistics. NCER National figures are subject to change as they are updated with each importing LA, but historically have been accurate and extremely useful in giving LAs a strong indication of emerging national trends.
Pupils will have scaled scores, which are normalised values, a score of 100 will be considered the expected standard.
Pupils will take tests in reading and maths, and grammar punctuation & spelling. They will be awarded raw scores for those tests and the DfE will release conversion tables to produce scaled scores from those raw scores.
The table below shows the data items collected for each pupil.
How to obtain files for Keypas from Primary Assessment Gateway
KS2 result files will be available from the Primary Assessment Gateway (PAG).
There are two files you need to download from PAG and import into Nexus: a school file and a pupils file.
1. Log in to Primary Assessment Gateway.
2. Select the tab labelled “My Activity”
3. Select “Available Activity”
4. Select “School Control File”
5. Download the available .DAT file, which should be labelled “KS2_FullResultWithTA_[timestamp].dat”. This is the file you will import into Keypas while the “Schools File” option is selected.
6. Return to “Available Activity”
7. Select “View and download KS2 test results”.
8. Download the available .CSV file, which should be labelled “LASAllSubjectwithTA_Result[timestamp].csv”. This is the file you will import into Keypas which the “Pupils File” option is selected.
At this point, you will have downloaded the two required files and you’re ready to import them into Nexus.
Importing the files into Nexus
Note: In order to import the data into Nexus, your user must have the “Can Access Keypas” and “Can Access Assessment Features” privileges.
1. Log in to Nexus
2. From the navigation bar select “KEYPAS” > “Imports”.
3. Click the “Import New File” button and click the “KS2 DfE” button from the list of choices.
4. Ensure the selected year is “2023”
5. Ensure the selected import is “Schools File”
6. Click the “Add Related File” button and locate the “KS2_FullResultWithTA_[timestamp].dat” file downloaded from Primary Assessment Gateway.
7. Click the “Upload & Import Files” button.
8. Click the “Import Files” button.
9. Your import will be added to the queue.
10. Meanwhile, click the “Import New File” button once more and again select the “KS2 DfE” option.
11. Again, make sure the selected year is “2023”, but this time change the import to “Pupils File”.
12. Click the “Add Related File” button and locate the “LASAllSubjectwithTA_Result[timestamp].csv” file downloaded from Primary Assessment Gateway.
13. Click the “Upload & Import Files” button.
14. Click the “Import Files” button.
15. Again, your import will be added to the queue.
Once your queued files have been processed the KS2 data will now be available in Keypas and Nova.
Please note, Insight is powered by cached data and that cache is updated nightly. Therefore newly imported KS2 data will not be reflected in Insight until the following day.
Key Nexus Reports and Features for KS2 Test
You can make use of valuable Nova reports that analyse your test data, some examples of these are below.
Nova: KS2 Test Summary (School, LA, Regional & National)
View schools, the LA or the NCER National picture in a report that neatly summarises the cohort's test results in all subjects.
School improvement colleagues who have access to nova can use this as a real-time report to get a good overview of how the school is comparing to the LA and emerging national.
Nova: KS2 Attainment Summary List (School, LA, Regional & National)
A list report which visually allows you to compare schools across subjects and multi-subject indicators.
Colour coded bars can quickly give an impression of how a schools is performing.
Schools can also be compared to LA, regional and NCER National figures.
Nova: KS2 Test Gap
Discover the gap between a school, the LA & regional average and the NCER National average using the gap report.
Various gaps can be explored including gender, SEN and FSM.
To visually assist this report comes with a bar charts for easy identification of gaps.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do Local Authorities collect this data?
No, the data feed is available for local authorities to download from Primary Assessment Gateway from 11 July 2023.
Where is the import?
Nexus > Keypas > Imports > Import new file > KS2 From DfE
When will the 2023 import become available?
Due to the strong possibility of changes in the DfE file, this cannot be finalised until 11 July 2023
What areas does it update?
|What are ‘NCER National’ figures?||
The NCER National figures displayed in Nexus are calculated by harnessing the strength that comes from all LAs in England uploading their data into Nexus’ Keypas module.
As more LAs load in their data, the figures become more robust.These figures are provisional and unpublished indicators of national benchmarks, however NCER National figures have been robust when compared to official DfE National data over the past 6 years.
|Is there Test and TA data in the KS2 data feed.||
Yes the KS2 data feed from the DfE contains test and TA data.
The Nova test reports will automatically look at the KS2 data feed.
The Nova TA reports have a data source setting which you can change to point to the KS2 data feed.
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