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Teachers: Assessments

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, column 126W, on teachers: assessments (1) what the unit cost per test taken was in each financial year since 1999-2000; (153573)

(2) how many of those who successfully passed each test in each year passed on their first attempt;

(3) what the highest number of attempts needed was for any successful student to pass (a) in each year and (b) for each test;

(4) to which part of key stage 4 of the national curriculum the qualified teacher status skills tests equate.

The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) holds data on the number of skills tests attempted by teacher trainees who successfully passed the tests but not on those taken by trainees who have attempted but have not successfully passed the tests. The available data is collected on an academic, rather than financial year, basis.

Approximate total number of tests sat by those who passed, by academic year

Approximate total cost of running the tests for year, by financial year

Approximate unit cost per test taken by those who passed their tests

2000/01

55,854

5,245,000

93.91

2001/02

94,821

5,972,000

62.98

2002/03

113,044

4,132,000

36.55

2003/04

121,390

5,349,000

44.06

2004/05

142,654

4,722,000

33.10

2005/06

136,559

4,262,000

31.21

The unit cost is higher in the early years because, while fewer trainees sat the tests, the development costs of the scheme are reflected in them.

The following table shows the number of candidates who passed individual skills tests on their first attempt. This, and further information, is available publicly on the TDA website.

Number of candidates who passed individual QTS skills tests on their first attempt

2000/01

2001/02

2002/03

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

Numeracy

18,948

22,519

24,744

27,341

26,964

26,964

Literacy

21,037

22,468

25,353

28,864

26,930

27,438

ICT

n/a

23,410

22,765

29,002

25,191

31,418

The 2005/06 cohort data can be found at

http://www.tda.gov.uk/partners/datasurveys/skillstestsresults.aspx.

The 2000/01 to 2004/05 cohort data can be found at

http://www.tda.gov.uk/partners/datasurveys/skillstestsresults.archive.aspx

The following table shows the highest number of attempts needed by some candidates to pass in each year and for each test. Data prior to 2001 are not available.

Highest number of attempts needed for a successful candidate to pass in each year and in each test

Numeracy

Literacy

ICT

2001

26

19

8

2002

24

18

25

2003

24

25

6

2004

23

13

15

2005

28

20

13

2006

28

19

9

The skills tests are broadly consistent with grade C at key stage 4 of the national curriculum but do not equate to any specific part of it.