Following Lord Bew’s review of key stage 2 testing, which found that the current system appeared to place a ceiling on the attainment of the most able pupils, the government made level 6 tests available to schools on an optional basis.
Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Education and Inclusion Research (CEIR) was commissioned to undertake a research study investigating the externally marked key stage 2 level 6 tests in mathematics and reading.
The main aims of the research were:
to gain an understanding of how the level 6 tests have affected school behaviour towards the most able pupils (eg to find out what support and provision is made available)
to investigate why schools are, or are not, entering pupils for the level 6 tests
to assess any areas of potential good practice in relation to the level 6 tests