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Computer failure delays results

The parents of pupils in around 50% of primary schools in England may have to wait until September to find out if their children matched up to expectations in this year's national tests.

A contractor working for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority experienced computer problems and failed to convert children's marks in National Curriculum tests in English, maths and science into "levels" of achievement.

A spokesman for the QCA said a computer problem meant the authority had been forced to rule that some schools would not have full information until September.

They would be within their rights to wait until the beginning of the autumn
term before calculating children's "levels" and reporting them to parents, he said.

The spokesman said: "We are very sorry about this. We are working as fast as
we can to sort things out."

By 2002, the government wants 80% of 11 year olds to be reaching the standards expected for their age in English, and 75 per cent of 11 year olds
to be reaching the standards expected for their age in maths.

In 1996, fewer than six in 10 achieved these levels.

This site will link to the full results when they are available.  In the meantime the links on the education pages take you to last year's results.

July 10, 1998

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