On-screen times table test to be introduced as part of KS2 national tests

It was reported yesterday that all children will be tested on their times tables as part of their KS2 national tests. Unveiled by education secretary Nicky Morgan on 3rd January, the tests will examine the multiplication skills of every 11-year-old. Children will be expected to know their tables up to 12x12 and will be tested using an "on-screen check".

In her announcement, Nicky Morgan referred to figures which showed that although the proportion of 11-year-old pupils meeting the “required standard” had risen from 79% in 2010 to 87% in 2015, more than 74,000 children were still below it.

This test will be piloted by 3,000 children across 80 schools in summer 2016, before being rolled out across English primary schools in 2017.

This will be the first use of on-screen assessment as part of the national tests, which will involve children giving timed responses to demonstrate their skills, with answers scored instantly.


key stage 2, maths, national tests

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