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National Curriculum Tests

Volume 486: debated on Monday 19 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what powers were (a) requested by and (b) granted to the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in relation to the oversight of the 2009 Key Stage 2 tests; and if he will make a statement. (248016)

No such powers were requested by or granted to QCA. We are bringing forward legislation in the current Session to establish the new Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) with responsibility for the administration and oversight of national curriculum (NC) assessment. The legislation will also establish Ofqual as an independent regulator of exams and tests. The legislation will for the first time give Ofqual specific powers to regulate national curriculum tests. Ofqual will be closely monitoring and reporting on the delivery of the 2009 tests. Further information on Ofqual’s monitoring of the 2009 tests is available in Ofqual’s response to the Sutherland Inquiry which is available at:

www.ofqual.gov.uk