national curriculum test results for 7, 11 and 14 year olds in the
three basic subjects of English, maths and science. The results show
progress towards the government's targets, that by 2002, 80% of 11
same level in maths.
Ms Morris said:
'This year's results show for the first time that in English and
maths over 60% of 11 year olds reached their expected level of
performance and in science almost 70% did so. I particularly welcome
these improvements as they confirm that our ambitious literacy and
numeracy targets are achievable. However there is still much work to
do to ensure that we achieve those targets.
'Raising levels of literacy and numeracy are key indicators of
success for us. We have already set out how we intend to achieve
this through a range of measures including the strengthening of
teacher training to include greater emphasis on the teaching of the
3Rs, by expecting primary schools to have daily literacy and numeracy
hours and through the use of summer schools. These results show our
continuing highlighting of the importance of literacy and numeracy -
and primary school homework - is clearly having a helpful effect in
'Girls continue to do better in English test results with 66% of them
achieving level 5 or above by the age of 14 compared to 47% of boys.
We shall continue our work to ensure that we tackle head on the
under-achievement of boys in English. Boys perform equally as well
as girls in science.
'There remain some areas of particular concern, for example, in
spelling tests for 7 year olds which were re-introduced this year.
They show only 62% of pupils achieving their expected level.
'I am also pleased that we have been able to publish these results
much earlier this year as schools and LEAs need the information at
the beginning of the school year, not half way through it. This year
we shall be sending all LEAs more detailed data on their schools
immediately. Summary leaflets showing the results are being printed
and will go to all schools next month. We shall also be publishing
primary performance tables much earlier than happened last year. 'In
short, there is much to welcome in these results - and I congratulate
teachers and pupils accordingly. But they also underline how much
more progress needs to be made - and the vital importance of the
initiatives we are taking to raise literacy and numeracy standards.
'We must continually ensure that the assessment system is as
rigorous as possible. With this in mind, I shall be making an
announcement about arrangements for the 1998 tests shortly.'
1. The results show that in English, maths and science:
AT AGE 7 - more than four fifths of 7 year olds reached or exceeded
the expected level of performance for that age; AT AGE 11 - just
under two thirds of 11 year olds reached or exceeded the expected
level; AT AGE 14 - around three fifths of 14 year olds reached or
exceeded the expected level. Full details of the results are
2. The national curriculum assessment results will be published: as
three leaflets containing the summary results of the 1997 National
Curriculum assessment results of 7, 11 and 14 year olds in England,
which are being sent to all schools. These will be available from
mid-October from the DfEE Publications Centre on 0845 6022260 as
three booklets giving full details of the 1997 national curriculum
assessment results of 7, 11 and 14 year olds in England. These will
be available in November from the DfEE Publications Centre on 0845