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Key Stage One

Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will assess the value of standardised testing at Key Stage 1. [117183]

The Department is committed to raising standards in schools and believes that national testing of children's progress is necessary in order to achieve higher standards. It has a positive impact on the quality of teaching and learning and provides a comparable picture of a child's progress against local and national standards for schools, parents and the wider community.We propose to trial, in 2004, an approach that uses testing to underpin teacher assessment and feed into a single overarching teacher judgment rather than being reported separately.