Literacy not assured at level 4;Opinion;Letter

8th January 1999 at 00:00
I AGREE with Chris Woodhead that the current key stage 2 tests in English do not give a good indication of a child's ability to read.

The problem is that if children score 35 for writing, including spelling and handwriting, they would need to get less than half from reading to secure a level 4. Children were achieving level 4 because they could write good stories but not necessarily because they were able to read.

If the Government wants to ensure that all 11-year-olds are literate then there has to be a separate reading test where the teacher hears the child read and undertakes some kind of analysis.

Iain Bendrey, Address supplied

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