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Examinations

Volume 449: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils under the age of 18 years sat (a) SATs (b) GCSEs, (c) GNVQs and (d) A-levels in each year since 1997. (86446)

[holding answer 20 July 2006]: The information required is in the following table.

Pupils under the age of 18 entered for tests or exams

Thousand

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Key Stage11

Reading task2

589.2

604.1

603.7

583.0

581.4

568.6

557.9

Reading test3

488.3

499.8

512.3

503.9

505.2

495.3

487.6

Writing task2

572.0

585.6

587.4

569.0

570.0

558.5

545.2

Key Stage 24

English

546.5

568.7

593.9

589.0

601.0

608.9

604.8

580.5

579.8

Mathematics

553.2

574.6

599.4

595.2

606.5

613.7

609.1

585.5

584.6

Science

554.2

577.2

602.5

598.3

610.4

619.2

617.3

594.0

592.0

Key Stage 34

English

491.2

500.1

524.0

527.9

539.7

561.4

551.6

544.7

569.0

Mathematics

520.0

518.9

543.2

550.7

565.0

582.5

579.2

586.0

595.1

Science

514.4

519.0

542.9

548.5

559.9

578.3

578.0

582.8

595.0

GCSE

551.6

545.1

553.3

554.1

577.4

581.5

597.3

618.2

618.1

GNVQ

3.7

7.0

11.7

14.2

9.3

64.5

123.7

67.0

79.6

GCE/VCE A-level

231.3

236.0

236.0

231.4

241.0

257.9

268.7

265.3

263.6

1 The 2004 and 2005 figures have not been made available as they are not directly comparable to figures prior to and including 2003. This is to reflect the following:

in 2004 a trial took place in which some local authorities (LAs) were asked to only submit teacher assessments to the Department, and the remaining LAs continued to submit both.

in 2005, for the first time, schools were only required to report teacher assessments.

2 Figures are calculated as pupils eligible for assessment less those who were absent (A), disapplied (D) and “working towards” level 1 (W).

3 Figures are calculated as pupils eligible for assessment less those who were absent (A), disapplied (D) and not require to be entered for the reading tests (X).

4 Figures are calculated as pupils eligible for assessment less those who were absent (A), working below the level of the test (B) or disapplied/unable to access the test (A/T).