Children who took their Year 6 SATs exams in May 2016 achieved results “higher than expected of them”, the Department of Education has said.
The pupils were the first to try the new National Curriculum, which “raised the bar in terms of expectations of young people’s mastery of literacy and numeracy”.
They are also the first to be marked with the new primary school testing system of ‘scaled scores’.
More than half (53%) of pupils met the new expected standing in reading, writing and mathematics.
“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,” said Education Secretary…