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National Reading and Numeracy Tests and entitlement to free school meals

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  • Release date: 28 February 2018
  • Period covered: 2017
Data that examines the performance of pupils and presents aggregate test results for all pupils in year groups 2 to 9.

This complements other similar outputs looking at the teacher assessments and Key Stage 4 results and attendance by entitlement for free school meals.

The main results from the 2017 national reading and numeracy tests were published in August 2017. The Annex to this release contains important background and quality information for the tests and should be read in conjunction with the data in this release.

Comparability

Age-standardised scores provide a measure of relative performance only. A score above 115 indicates test results that are higher than those for most children of the same age. A score between 85 and 115 indicates test results that are in line with most children of the same age. A score below 85 indicates test results that are lower than those for most children of the same age.

The results for each year group and test are independently standardised every year. Therefore the data in this release cannot be used to compare the relative performance of pupils between the different tests.

Please note that because data are independently standardised each year, the results cannot be compared over time.

Key results for 2017

  • Overall, the performance of pupils eligible for free school meals (eFSM) is lower than their non eligible counterparts (nFSM) in each of the national tests.
  • eFSM pupils are around 3 times less likely to achieve an age-standardised score above 115 in each of the national tests.
  • eFSM pupils are more than twice as likely to achieve an age-standardised score below 85 in each of the national tests.
  • The gap in performance for age-standardised scores between 85 and 115 varies between 4 and 7 percentage points across the different tests. This is lower than the gap at the ‘above 115’ and ‘below 85’ score ranges.

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 0300 025 3753
Email: school.stats@gov.wales

Media
Tel: 0300 025 8099

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