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Testing and Assessment

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

11. To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the testing and assessment regime for schoolchildren; and if he will make a statement. (250618)

18. To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the educational testing and assessment regime. (250625)

Ofqual monitors standards of qualifications and assessments. They reported in July that standards are being maintained.

Our recent decisions on assessment took full account of the Select Committee’s recommendations. The Making Good Progress pilot is trialling new approaches to assessment. The Expert Group is taking views from a range of stakeholders before advising on improvements to assessment arrangements. We expect to respond shortly to Lord Sutherland’s report, published on 16 December, and to implement the recommendations in full.