Research and analysis

Evaluation of the single level test (SLT) pilot: final report

This research reports findings from the full set of pilot activities undertaken between November 2009 and July 2010 in 225 primary schools.



Single level tests (SLTs) are externally marked tests for key stage 2 pupils. They cover 3 subject areas: mathematics, English reading and English writing. Pupils are entered for a SLT (at a particular Level) when they have been assessed as working at that level and, having achieved that level in the test, progress to the next level and are tested again when they are deemed to be ready.

There are 225 primary schools involved in the SLT pilot across 10 local authorities. The evaluation gathered evidence on how the staff, parents/carers and pupils in these schools view the tests and, in particular, the extent to which the arrangements in place were viewed as being manageable in terms of workload and sustainable over time.

In November 2009, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) was commissioned by the former Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to evaluate the SLT pilot. This report presents the findings of the entire evaluation..

There were 2 phases to this evaluation. Phase 1 covered the period October 2009 to January 2010. Phase 2 covered the period April to July 2010. The research for both phase 1 and phase 2 was undertaken with all schools in the pilot.

Published 30 September 2010