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Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

22. To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of school tests for measuring the performance of pupils and schools. (205987)

The rigorous test development process undertaken by the National Assessment Agency, and regulation, now by Ofqual, ensure that national curriculum tests are fit for purpose. Those tests provide reliable, objective information about the attainment of every pupil in the core subjects of the national curriculum and about the performance of every school in equipping pupils with the skills they need for life. Test results help us to improve performance throughout the education system.