Trends in examination results in England at Key Stage 2, GCSE and A level. Includes 2014 results.Jump to full report >>
The percentage of pupils achieving level 4 or above at Key Stage 2 (KS2) rose sharply between 1997 and 2000. In 2015, 89% of pupils attained this level in reading, 87% in maths and 80% in reading, writing and maths. This increased to 61% in the second year of the new tests.
Pupils taking KS2 tests in 2016 were the first to follow the new national curriculum. Overall 53% reach new (higher) expected standards in reading, writing and maths.
From 2013/14 GCSE data reflect changes to how vocational equivalents are counted and only include a pupil's first atempt at a qualification. Solid lines show results using the old methodology, dashed lines the new one.
Even using the earlier methdology there was a fall in pupils passing at least five GCSEs/equivalents at A*-C including English and Maths. This may in part reflect other changes to GCSEs introduced in 2013/14
The percentage of 16-18 year old candidates with three or more A-level passes rose almost twenty points between 1997/98 and 2004/05.
There has been a recent decline in A-level performance after many years of continued improvement.
More than one-quarter of independent school pupils and one-quarter of selective school pupils gained three or more As at A-Level in 2013/14. At comprehensive schools one in thirteen pupils achieved this – up from one in twenty in 1997/98.
More than one-quarter of independent school pupils and one-quarter of selective school pupils gained three or more As at A-Level in 2015/16. At comprehensive schools one in thirteen pupils achieved this – up from one in twenty in 1997/98.