The scores needed by six and seven-year-old pupils to reach the expected standard in their key stage 1 tests were emailed to schools by the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) today.
In reading, the score needed has jumped from 22 out of 40 last year to 25 out of 40 this year.
In spelling, grammar and punctuation there has been a slight drop, from 25 out of 40 marks last year to 24 out of 40 marks this year. In maths, pupils were at the expected level if they got 36 out of 60 marks – a drop from 37 out of 60 in 2016.
Teachers expected the scores to be published on the Department for Education website today, as set out in the government's arrangements for the tests. But the STA has instead emailed them directly to schools.