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Responding to today's report that the government is planning to introduce tests for four-year-olds, a Department for Education spokesperson said:
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.