Every pupil in England will be tested on their times tables before leaving primary
school, under government plans.
Pupils aged 11 will be expected to know their tables up to 12x12, and will be tested
using an "on-screen check".
The checks will be piloted to about 3,000 pupils in 80 primary schools this summer,
before being rolled out across the country in 2017.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said maths was a non-negotiable aspect of a good
The "on-screen check" examination will involve children completing multiplication
challenges against the clock, which will be scored instantly.
The Department for Education says it is the first use of on-screen technology in
National Curriculum tests.
Ms Morgan has also said teachers will be judged by the results of the tests: "Since
2010, we've seen record numbers of 11 year olds start secondary school with a good
grasp of the three Rs. But some continue to struggle.
"That is why, as part of our commitment to extend opportunity and deliver educational
excellence everywhere we are introducing a new check to ensure that all pupils know
their times tables by age 11.
"They will help teachers recognise those pupils at risk of falling behind and allow
us to target those areas where children aren't being given a fair shot to succeed."
In 2015, 80% of Year 6 pupils achieved Level 4 in maths, reading and writing, up
from 78% last year.
But Labour says standards are being threatened by a shortage of teachers, and in
the past some teaching unions have warned additional tests can place unwelcome pressure
on teachers and pupils.