Prepared by the independent Educational Research Centre, the assessments involved a representative sample of over 8,000 pupils in 150 primary schools, using secure tests.
The study found that overall performance in reading and maths in second and sixth classes was significantly higher in these assessments than in the 2009 assessments. These are the first significant improvements recorded by the national assessments in over thirty years.
In 2014, there was a reduction in the proportion of lower-achieving pupils and an increase in the proportion of higher achievement pupils in both English reading and mathematics, compared to 2009.
The Minister warmly welcomed the results and commended teachers and school leaders on their work: “I am very pleased to see that overall performance in reading and maths was significantly higher in 2014 than in 2009, at both Second and Sixth classes.
“Today, I want to acknowledge the success that teachers, parents and students have had in improving the literacy and numeracy levels in our primary schools.”