National Statistics

Key stage 2 attainment: 2009 to 2010

National Statistics

Attainment data by different pupil characteristics in the 2009 to 2010 academic year.

Documents

Main text: SFR24/2010

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Underlying data: SFR24/2010

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Details

Reference Id: SFR24/2010

Publication Type: Statistical First Release

Publication data: Underlying Statistical data

Region: England

Release Date: 10 August 2010

Coverage status: Final

Publication Status: Published

The figures in this SFR are produced from data provided to the department by the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) on 13 July 2010.

National curriculum assessment provides a measurement of achievement against the precise attainment targets of the national curriculum rather than any generalised concept of ability in any of the subject areas. The national Curriculum standards have been designed so that most pupils will progress by approximately one level every two years. This means that by the end of KS2 pupils are expected to achieve Level 4.

Details about the methodology and design of the sample can be found on the National Archives QCDA website

Key Points

Level 4 or above

The estimated percentages of children achieving Level 4 or above based on the 2010 Key Stage 2 science sample tests are as follows:

  • Boys and girls 81% (95% confidence interval: 80%, 82%)
  • Boys 80% (95% confidence interval: 79%, 81%)
  • Girls 81% (95% confidence interval: 80%, 82%)

Based on the confidence intervals given it is not possible to conclude that girls perform significantly better than boys.

When the whole key stage 2 cohort took tests in 2009 the overall percentage of pupils achieving Level 4 or above was 88%.

Comparisons with previous years are difficult as previous tests were taken under a policy of tests which fed the school accountability framework. These tests do not play any part in school accountability.

Level 5

The estimated percentages of children achieving Level 5 based on the 2010 Key Stage 2 science sample tests are as follows:

  • Boys and girls 28% (95% confidence interval: 27%, 30%)
  • Boys 29% (95% confidence interval: 28%, 31%)
  • Girls 28%t (95% confidence interval: 27%, 30%)

Based on the confidence intervals given it is not possible to conclude that boys perform significantly better than girls at level 5.

When the whole Key Stage 2 cohort took tests in 2009 the overall percentage of pupils achieving Level 5 was 43%.

The underlying data for this publication was made available on 29 September 2010.

Adam Hatton - Attainment Statistics Team

Attainment.STATISTICS@education.gsi.gov.uk