Primary tests: Two-fifths fail to meet standard
Two-fifths (39%) of primary school pupils in England have failed to meet the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics, figures show.
The results are from national curriculum tests, often known as Sats, sat by 11-years-olds earlier this term.
In total, 61% did reach the expected level in the "three Rs", an improvement on last year's score of 53%.
Ministers praised the hard work of schools, but head teachers said the results showed only a partial picture.