The very first set of national dataalongside new government investment in high-quality mathematics education.
The data shows an average score of 20 out of 25, with the maximum score being the most common score, and follows a new multiplication table check by 4th graders across the country over the summer .
The test includes 25 multiplication table questions, up to 12 x 12, with students having a maximum of six seconds to answer each one. It helps schools determine if students can remember their multiplication tables fluently – a key skill for future success in the subject and in everyday life. The multiplication tables check is the first statutory assessment that students complete online, on a PC or tablet.
The Department for Education is also announcing funding of up to £59.3 million to continue to improve the quality of maths education in schools across the country, in line with the government’s commitment to ensure that every child leaves school with a solid command of the basics.
The funding will support the continuation of the Mathematics poles program until the end of the following academic year. The flagship program which started in 2014 aims to reach 11,000 primary and secondary schools by 2023 and 40 centers across England are now helping schools improve the quality of their teaching.
Today’s announcements build on the significant increase in school funding announced in the Autumn Statement last week, with an additional £2billion in schools budgets next year and the year after .
Schools Minister Nick Gibb said:
Learning your times tables fluently is so important for children – both for their time in school and in everyday life, and today’s data gives us an important reference from which to build. over the years to come.
Math is key to performing essential calculations, like the impact of a higher base rate on your mortgage or finding the best multi-pack deals at a supermarket.
The additional funding for math centers announced today is also critical as we continue to raise the standard of math education across the country and reach our goal of 90% of children leaving primary school with the expected level in mathematics and English by 2030.
Students knowing their times tables will make it easier to handle more complex math like algebra and long division and give kids the platform they need to move on to more advanced mental math.
The results of the multiplication table checks show:
- Among the students who took the test, the average score was 19.8 out of 25.
- 25 out of 25 was the most common score (27% of students got this score) and 24 out of 25 was the second most common score (12% of students got this score).
- London was the best performing region, with an average score of 20.9.
- The South West was the worst performing region, with an average score of 19.1.
- More than 625,000 students accepted the check this summer.
The data results released today will provide teachers with standardized information to help identify students who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that further support can be provided.