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National Curriculum Tests

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made in the pilots in schools trialling new ways to assess, report and stimulate progress throughout the key stages; and if he will make a statement. (247232)

The Making Good Progress pilot is a two year pilot, due to run until July 2009. It is being independently evaluated by PriceWaterhouseCoopers. The interim report on the first year of the pilot was published on the 18 December 2009 and a copy was sent to the chairman of the Select Committee for Children, Schools and Families. A copy will be placed in both Libraries.

A final evaluation report which will make an assessment about the effectiveness of the pilot and its elements over the full two years is due to be published in the autumn of 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what percentage of 11 year olds achieved level 4 or above in (a) English and (b) mathematics in 2008; (247471)

(2) what percentage of 14 year olds achieved level 5 or above in (a) English, (b) mathematics and (c) ICT in 2008.

The percentage of pupils achieving level 4 or above in the KS2 English and mathematics tests in 2008 are:

English: 81 per cent.

Mathematics: 78 per cent.

These figures are based on provisional data.

The Department's key stage 2 provisional tests results for 2007-08 were published on 5 August 2008 and can be found at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000804/index.shtml

The percentage of pupils achieving level 5 or above in the KS3 English and mathematics tests in 2008 are:

English: 73 per cent.

Mathematics: 77 per cent.

The Department's key stage 3 provisional tests results for 2007-08 were published on 12 August 2008 and can be found at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000805/index.shtml

Key stage 3 ICT results are based only on teacher assessments. The 2008 key stage 3 teacher assessments data, including ICT, will be published in February 2009.

However, compulsory testing of pupils at key stage 3 has been ended.

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, stated, on 16 December, Official Report, column1002, that he had decided not to proceed with collating and publishing key stage 3 performance tables at the school-level for 2008, as to do so would place a disproportionate burden on secondary schools when we are no longer proceeding with KS3 tests.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in how many schools less than 50 per cent. of pupils achieved level 5 or above in (a) English, (b) mathematics and (c) science in 2008. (247473)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, announced on 14 October 2008, Official Report, column 673, that secondary schools will no longer be required to enter pupils for national tests at the end of key stage 3.

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, stated, on 16 December, Official Report, column 1002, that he had decided not to proceed with collating and publishing the key stage 3 achievement and attainment tables for 2008 as to do so would place a disproportionate burden on secondary schools in the light of the decision to abandon national tests at the end of key stage 3.

However, key stage 3 school-level test data will be available from the Department on request once we have completed processing the data. Currently, we expect this to be in March 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on what date he expects primary schools to receive the results of the 2009 national tests; and if he will make a statement. (249438)

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) is responsible for the administration of the key stage 2 (KS2) national curriculum tests. QCA advise that marked scripts and results will be returned to schools by 7 July 2009.