# How do students know if they are making enough progress?

Mathematics in Key Stage 3 works is assessed in Levels, with 1 being the lowest level and 8 being the highest.  Students are expected to make a minimum of 2 whole levels of progress each year.

The level system is broken down into sub levels in order to see progression in more detail.  This way, students can see in what progress they are making throughout the year.

Each level is broken into 3 sub levels. A, B and C, with 3A being a high level 3 and 3C being a low level 3.  Here is an example of the minimum level of progress that a student coming into year 7 should make.

End of Year 6:                    End of year 7:                    End of Year 8:                    End of Year 9

Level 4b                               Level 5c                                Level 5a                                Level 6b

You can see that this student has progressed from a level 4b to a 6b over three years.  Each year this student has moved up two sub-levels but this is not always the case.  Some students will progress quicker and keep going, maybe even making 3 levels of progress but others may start off slowly and get faster.  Every student is different.

Below is a table showing how students are expected to progress during key stage 3:

 End of year 6 End of year 7 End of year 8 End of year 9 2c 2a 3b 4c 2b 3c 3a 4b 2a 3b 4c 4a 3c 3a 4b 5c 3b 4c 4a 5b 3a 4b 5c 5a 4c 4a 5b 6c 4b 5c 5a 6b 4a 5b 6c 6a 5c 5a 6b 7c 5b 6c 6a 7b 5a 6b 7c 7a 6c 6a 7b 8c 6b 7c 7a 8b 6a 7a 8c 8a