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Primary Education

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many key stage two pupils did not reach level 4 or above in a combination of reading, writing and mathematics key stage two tests in 2007; (197612)

(2) how many primary schools there were in which less than 50 per cent. of key stage two pupils gained level 4 or above in a combination of reading, writing and mathematics key stage two tests;

(3) how many primary schools there were in which less than 50 per cent. of key stage two pupils gained level 4 or above in a combination of English, mathematics and science key stage two tests.

The provisional results from the Key Stage 2 tests in 2007 published last August show that 40 per cent. of pupils did not reach level 4 or above in a combination of reading, writing and mathematics (see table 5 of the Statistical First Release on National Curriculum Assessments at Key Stage 2 in England, 2007 (Provisional), via the following link:

http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000737/index.shtml

This represents a considerable improvement since 1997 when over two thirds of 11-year-olds failed to reach this standard.

The available information on level 4 achievement in combinations of subjects at school level shows that there were 3,655 schools with 50 per cent. of pupils (or less) achieving Level 4+ in reading, writing and mathematics. Further information can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

These figures are based on provisional data because the reading and writing figures are not checked by schools as part of the Achievement and Attainment tables checking exercise.