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Standards of Attainment

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

20. To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of levels of educational attainment in schools in Northamptonshire and England against international benchmarks. (194083)

There have been significant improvements in educational achievement at Key Stages 2 and 3. Schools in Northamptonshire have improved broadly in line with national average.

We cannot make direct comparisons of schools in an international context. Recent PIRLS and PISA studies found that children and young people in England performed above the international average in reading in primary and science in secondary and around the international average for mathematics and reading in secondary.