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National Curriculum Tests

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on which occasions in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008 officials in his Department reported to Ministers on the administration of the key stage tests by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority; what steps Ministers took in response to each report; and if he will make a statement. (253418)

Officials provide Ministers with briefing and regular updates on progress during test cycles, as appropriate, covering current issues, risks and remedial action taken. In 2008 officials reported their assessment of key risks to National Curriculum test delivery to Ministers in submissions on 7 February 2008, 2 April 2008 and 10 June 2008, as well as providing frequent updates on progress and issues throughout May and June 2008. As set out in Lord Sutherland's report (The Sutherland Inquiry: an independent inquiry into the delivery of National Curriculum tests in 2008), Ministers responded to these assessments by seeking reassurance from QCA and NAA that they had suitable action in hand to secure delivery of their contractors' obligations.