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Reading age tests for six year olds
The conservative Government have announced reading tests for all six year olds.
By: Teach ICT
The tests are to be administered by teachers of Year 1 in the classroom and will be phonic based.
Reading tests have been around for many years and in fact pupils are already tests at key stage 1, key stage 2 and key stage 3 but this introduction of a formal reading test will help to identify pupils who need help and support.
You might think to yourself that 6 is a young age to test reading but it does give a baseline picture of the child's ability when they have only just started school so serves as an ideal benchmark for measuring the progress of children and in particular the effectiveness of the school. These tests will be standardised - that is compared across a sample of the uk population of six year olds and then the results applied to the actual test results of the children in 2012. A normal way of presenting the results is as a reading age - that is for example - what is the expected reading ability of a child that age.
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