Sats results show primary school children improving in basic skills

Aug 29, 2014 by

Minister hails results showing 79% of 11-year-olds achieved expected standard in reading, writing and maths – up from 75%

More children are reaching the standards expected of them in the “three Rs” by the time they leave primary school, latest figures show, but tens of thousands of youngsters are still failing in reading, writing and maths.

The results of this year’s national curriculum tests – known as Sats – show a four percentage point improvement in the proportion of 11-year-olds gaining at least a level 4 – the standard expected of the age group, in the basics.

Overall, 79% of youngsters achieved this level or higher in all three of the subjects tested, up from 75% a year ago. This means that just over a fifth (21%) – around 117,000 pupils – did not reach this standard.

The school reform minister, Nick Gibb, welcomed the improvement in results, and said the government had set “unashamedly high expectations” for all children.

The new figures show that 89% of children gained at least a level 4 on reading, up from 86% in 2013, while in writing – which is marked by teachers – 85% of youngsters reached this threshold, up two percentage points on last year.

In maths the rise was smaller, with 86% of youngsters achieving level 4 or above, up from 85% last year.

And in the spelling, punctuation and grammar test, which was introduced last year, just over three-quarters (76%) achieved the expected standard, up from 74% in 2013.

The tests were taken by around 557,400 11-year-olds in England.

Gibb said that around 80,000 more children were reaching level 4 in reading, writing and maths than five years ago, allowing them to start secondary school secure in the basics and able to move on to more complex subjects.

via Sats results show primary school children improving in basic skills | Education | The Guardian.

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