By Richard Garner and Sarah Cassidy
http://education.independent.co.uk/news ... 304420.eceMinisters are nowhere near their goal of 85 per cent of 11-year-olds leaving primary school able to read, write and do their arithmetic to the required level by next year, national curriculum test results will show.
This year's test results, to be announced in a fortnight, will show a slight improvement in both maths and English this year. But they will be far short of the Government's "aspiration" of getting 85 per cent of youngsters to reach the required level in each subject next year.
The improvement of about 1.3 per cent in maths and 1.6 per cent in English make it touch and go whether the Government will even meet the target it set for 2002 of 80 per cent in English and 75 per cent in maths.
These are the findings of an exclusive survey of English education authorities by The Independent. They show that if ministers are to meet what was once a target for 2006 but is now only an aspiration, drastic action must be taken to improve standards.
Ruth Kelly, the Secretary of State for Education, has already announced an inquiry into the way the national literacy strategy is taught. She charged its chairman, Jim Rose, with considering more wide-spread use of synthetic phonics in the teaching of reading in primary schools