Pupils in Kent schools have achieved higher results than the national average for the new Primary school testing system in reading, writing and maths.
Figures released show 58% of pupils in the county achieved the expected standard in the combined Reading, Writing and Maths assessments. Nationally, 53% of pupils achieved the expected standard.
Overall in Kent 69% of pupils achieved the expected standard in Reading, compared to 66% nationally, while 80% of pupils In Kent achieved the expected standard in Writing, compared to 74% nationally. In mathematics, 71% of pupils in Kent achieved the expected standard, compared to 70% nationally.
This year’s results are the first to be released following the introduction of a far more rigorous curriculum in 2014 that raises the bar in terms of expectations of young people’s mastery of literacy and numeracy.
The Department for Education (DfE) makes clear that the new tests cannot be compared to previous results as the tests are very different to the assessments used previously. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan commented: “This is the first year we have assessed pupils under the new more rigorous system and it is no surprise that this year’s results look different to previous years, but despite that the majority of pupils have achieved above and beyond the new expected standard.”
Roger Gough, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Education said: “While this year’s results cannot be compared to previous years, it is good that Kent pupils have achieved such good results compared with the national average. In previous years, measured against the old standards, we were making good progress and had closed the gap with the national average; under the new standards, this has been surpassed.
“However it is disappointing and surprising to find that the new assessment arrangements have resulted in just over half of pupils nationally achieving the expected standard at the end of their Primary school education.”