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updated on 18 November 2021
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Pupil performance data is full of technical terms and acronyms. Keep our performance data glossary on hand to help you decode your data reports, with a downloadable version to share with new governors.

Technical terms

Term Meaning Attainment The results that pupils achieve as measured in assessments and examinations (e.g. Key Stage 2 (KS2) SATS results). Attainment results are usually defined as grades, scores or levels achieved by pupils Progress Pupils' achievements over a period of time, for example from KS2 to KS4. Progress is measured by comparing a pupil's current attainment with their previous attainment relative to other pupils with similar starting points (see progress score below) Adjusted score (at KS2) A pupil's progress score at the end of KS2 can be 'adjusted' in a small number of cases. This is because some progress scores can be disproportionately negative and can distort the overall picture of a school's progress score. To avoid this, these low pupil scores are adjusted to a minimum progress score  Average KS2 score (previously known as 'estimated' score) The anticipated scores that pupils will achieve in KS2 SATs based

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