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Pupils: Assessments

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils attained a lower or the same level at key stage 3 (a) tests and (b) teacher assessments than what they attained at key stage 2 in each year since 1997. (132231)

The information requested is summarised in the following table.

Number of pupils at same level or lower at KS3 as at KS21

English

Maths

Science

National Curriculum test

Teacher assessment

National Curriculum test

Teacher assessment

National Curriculum test

Teacher assessment

2006

84,100

2

36,100

145,400

2005

80,300

92,700

56,200

61,400

165,000

136,900

2004

97,400

97,700

57,800

64,900

181,600

134,200

2003

100,900

100,900

65,000

71,900

153,300

136,500

2002

94,600

92,100

75,900

71,900

133,300

124,500

1 ‘Same level or lower’ is defined according to National Curriculum test/teacher assessment level and point score. The levels are B (working below the level of the test), N (not awarded a test level) and 2-8 for National Curriculum tests, and W (working towards Level 1) and 1-8 for teacher assessments. Pupils absent or unable to access the tests at either KS2 or KS3 are not included.

2 The DFES and NAA are currently validating teacher assessment data submitted by schools for KS3 in 2006. As a result of this ongoing work, teacher assessment data for 2006 have not yet been published.