Key Stage 2 test results published

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National, regional and local authority figures for the Key Stage 2 tests taken by thousands of pupils at the end of primary school have been published.

The statistics show that:

  • one in three pupils fail to achieve the expected level in the three Rs combined (reading, writing and mathematics)
  • there is still a worrying number of children performing at a very low level. One in 10 boys leave primary school with the reading age of a seven-year-old and one in 14 boys leave with the writing age of a seven-year-old
  • the proportion of children achieving above the expected level has fallen in both reading and writing.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb said: "The fact that more children are reaching the expected level in every subject is very welcome as is the significant increase in the proportion of children achieving well in writing.

"But a third of children are still struggling in the three Rs. There has been a decline in the proportion of children – both boys and girls – who can read and write beyond the expected level. And the results of our weakest readers and writers also remain a real concern."

He added: "There will always be some children for whom reading is a struggle. However, we can and must do much better for the one in 10 boys who at the age of eleven can read no better than a seven-year-old.

"We are ensuring more schools use the tried and tested reading mechanism of phonics. We're introducing a reading check for all children at the age of six to identify those that are struggling and ensuring they can be targeted.

"It is also critical that children read for pleasure. All primary school children should have a reading book on the go at home. Evidence from around the world indicates that the more a child reads, the better their attainment in all subjects – not just reading – will be."

The tests were taken by 554,000 11-year-olds in May this summer.

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