11 Plus Test results by month of birth
September 2000 - August 2001
|Kent Test||Medway Test|
I have collated ages into year quarters in the table above to smooth out variations caused by small numbers.
In Kent where 21% of children are selected by age standardised multiple choice tests, there is little difference apart from a small surge in the youngest quarter. The only explanation I can suggest for this is that when the final 4% of succssful children are identified through headteacher assessment some panels may over compensate younger children when looking at school work.
The real difference shows up in Medway, where two fifths of the total mark is awarded to a single piece of written English. Here there is a significant difference between the performance of children born in the first half of the year, who do well, and those in the second half of the year. Test performance which selects 23% of children is likely to be the main factor here, but if the English test is properly age standardised, then the Medway Review could be the main factor compounds the discrepancy for the final 2% of children, as it follows a stringent procedure that does not take age into account.
So we have a third more Medway girls than boys being assessed suitable for grammar school this year, as shown in an earlier article, and nearly a quarter more children born in the first six months than in the second half of the year. From this it is clear that the structure of the Medway Test works to discriminate sharply against younger boys, as well as younger children and boys in general. It is hardly surprising that Medway can support three grammar schools for girls and just two for boys, the remaining grammar school being mixed!