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National Curriculum Tests

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many national curriculum test papers from 2008 schools have asked to be re-marked; (240603)

(2) when he expects all national curriculum test papers from 2008 to have been re-marked and returned to schools.

The National Assessment Agency (NAA) has in place arrangements for marking to be reviewed where a school believes that it is inaccurate to the extent that a pupil has received an incorrect national curriculum level. The NAA is currently managing the final phase of the reviews process and expects that all results will be issued to schools in the coming weeks. The great majority of schools have already received results for their review applications. Once the final phase of review marking is complete, NAA will be able to provide data on the volume of reviews for the 2008 national curriculum test cycle.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the annual cost of pre-tests for (a) key stage 1, (b) key stage 2 and (c) key stage 3; and if he will make a statement. (241886)

The National Assessment Agency (NAA) is responsible for administering national curriculum tests. NAA advise that the annual costs of pre-tests are as follows:

KS1: The last pre-test was conducted in 2005 and NAA does not have separate costs for this.

KS2: An estimate of pre-testing costs for 2008 per subject are as follows:

Pre-test 1 (recruitment, administration and courier costs): £41,000

Pre-test 2 (recruitment, administration and courier costs): £40,000

KS3: An estimate of pre-testing costs for 2008 per subject are as follows:

Pre-test 1 (recruitment, administration and courier costs): £107,000

Pre-test 2 (recruitment, administration and courier costs): £125,000