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SCHOOLS TO START TESTING FIVE YEAR OLDS

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Education secretary Gillian Shephard today unveils plans for all local authorities to test five year olds, BBC Radi...
Education secretary Gillian Shephard today unveils plans for all local authorities to test five year olds, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

About half of local authorities already assess five year olds, Today reported. The government's curriculum advisers have drawn up plans for a national framework for tests.

The tests will assess five year olds' abilities in reading, writing and sums, to give a baseline against which schools can judge pupils' progress, Today reported.

The first tests are due to start in September 1998.
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