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Assessment Tests

Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 26 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what restrictions he has placed on the circulation within the National Foundation for Educational Research of its work on standard assessment tests commissioned by his Department.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the cost of each of the pilot assessments for seven-year-olds.

Separate figures for the costs of the pilot assessments are not available. However, the pilots were mounted by the three agencies undertaking the development of standard assessment tasks for seven-year-olds in the core subjects as one aspect of their contracts for this work with the School Examinations and Assessment Council. The total provision made in the School Examinations and Assessment Council's published corporate plan for the continuation of these contracts in 1990–91 is £2.5 million.