Responding to today's report that the government is planning to introduce tests for four-year-olds, a Department for Education spokesperson said:
– department for education spokesperson
We have consulted on our proposed primary school assessment and accountability measures and we are considering our response.
New assessments for children aged four would begin in 2016, according to a report in the Times.
The newspaper says that school children could be assessed between two and six weeks after a starting school in the reception year.
The results could be checked via an external monitoring system, the newspaper reports.
The report says the DfE wants results to be reported as a “scaled score” between 80 and 130 points rather than levels, such as Level 4 or Level 5.
Children aged four will be expected to sit tests within weeks of starting primary school under controversial plans to be announced by the Government, according to the Times (£).
The tests, which are used to establish a “baseline” of each child's ability, would reportedly be moved from seven-year-olds to the beginning of the reception year.
Ministers are understood to want to consult on proposals over the summer and autumn, the report continued.