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Test results went up at first but are now levelling off

Labour says the value of its increased investment in education is seen in rising standards in test results.

Primary school test results show a record number - 78% - of 11 year olds reaching the expected ability level in English.

But critics say that this still falls short of the 80% target set when Labour entered office in 1997.

Maths results have improved to 74%, but there is an uphill struggle to reach the target of 85% by next year.