Third of pupils not up to stan­dard

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Paul Fran­cis

Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor stood still in the three core sub­jects. The re­sults for Key Stage 2 tests taken by 11-year-olds in Kent mir­rors a sim­i­lar de­cline na­tion­ally.

The per­cent­age of pupils in Kent reach­ing Level Four in English – the na­tion­ally ex­pected level – was 78 per cent, down one per cent on 2008 and be­low the na­tional av­er­age of 80 per cent.

In maths, the per­cent­age of pupils reach­ing Level Four was 75 per cent, the same as it was in 2008 and be­low the na­tional av­er­age of 79 per cent.

Sim­i­larly, in sci­ence, the per­cent­age reach­ing Level Four was 85 per cent, iden­ti­cal to the score in 2008 and be­low the na­tional av­er­age of 88 per cent.

The per­cent­age of pupils reach­ing Level Four in both maths and English also dropped slightly, down one per cent to 68 per cent of pupils. That was mir­rored na­tion­ally, where the fig­ure dropped to 72 per cent.

There were mixed re­sults for pupils reach­ing higher stan­dards in the three sub­jects.

In English, 28 per cent achieved Level Five, a drop of one per cent.

In maths, the fig­ure was 33 per cent – three points up on 2008. In sci­ence, the fig­ure was 38 per cent – the same as 2008.

Diana John­son, the schools min­is­ter, said more needed to be done to “sus­tain progress”.

She added: “Par­ents, head teach­ers and gov­ern­ing bodies will be rightly con­cerned that we have not seen an im­prove­ment this year com­pared to last year and we are too.”

The fu­ture of pri­mary test­ing is un­cer­tain af­ter teach­ing unions threat­ened to boy­cott them.

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