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Education: Assessments

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he last met the Examination Officers Association to discuss the effect on the conduct of examinations of recent problems with the marking and return of examinations and test scripts. (252578)

I met Andrew Harland, the chief executive of the Examination Officers' Association (EOA), on 5 June 2008. This meeting was to discuss the work the EOA is doing to support examinations officers. My officials have had regular contacts with the EOA since then.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the timetable is for the introduction of single level tests after the conclusion of the pilots in July 2009; and if he will make a statement. (252777)

No decisions have yet been made about any roll out of single level tests (SLTs) nationally. Any roll out will be subject to positive evaluation findings and to endorsement of the approach from Ofqual. We are therefore continuing to monitor progress closely and have asked the expert group on assessment to consider emerging evidence on single level tests from the making good progress pilot.