Fewer of England's 14-year-olds reached the expected literacy standard in tests last year, final figures confirm.
But the decline from 2005 was only half as bad as the provisional statistics issued last autumn had suggested. The government said 73% attained Level 5 in English, down from 74%. In maths it was 77%, up three percentage points, and in science 72%, up two points.
There were widely varying performances in different types of school, with academies doing the worst.
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