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Assessments: Lost Property

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many SAT examination papers were recorded as missing in 2007; (203220)

(2) how many GCSE examination papers were recorded as missing in 2007.

A total of 2,282 key stage 2 and 3 test scripts were recorded as missing out of a total of some 9.6 million. Missing scripts are those scripts lost during the marking process (including the transfer of scripts between schools and markers).

A total of 4,985 GCSE (including GNVQ) and A level scripts were recorded as missing as at results day in summer 2007. These figures are for English- based awarding bodies only. The total number of GCSE (including GNVQ) and A level scripts marked for the summer 2007 exam series was some 16 million. It is not possible to get a separate breakdown for GCSEs.

The awarding bodies which offer GCSE and A level examinations are required by the regulator to have arrangements in place to ensure that candidates whose examination scripts are lost are not disadvantaged.