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National Curriculum Tests

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make it his policy to implement online marking for Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests. (253697)

In his report into the 2008 test delivery difficulties, Lord Sutherland recommended that the testing and assessment system should be modernised to include piloting on-screen marking. We accepted his recommendations in full and QCA is working with my officials to review the technological advances which would support test delivery from 2010 onwards.

QCA has already undertaken some trialling of on-screen marking of the December 2008 round of single level tests, part of the Making Good Progress pilot. QCA and DCSF are considering the evidence from this pilot and its implications for the National Curriculum tests.

Additionally, an Expert Group has been established by the Secretary of State to advise on proposed assessment arrangements and their delivery. The Group will take full account of Lord Sutherland’s recommendations and will draw on a wide range of evidence—including that emerging from the pilot of Single Level Tests—in reaching its conclusions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils who achieved a level 5 in English in their Key Stage 2 examinations in 2004-05 also achieved a level 7 or higher in English in their Key Stage 3 examinations in 2007-08; (257165)

(2) how many pupils who achieved a level 5 or higher in mathematics in their Key Stage 2 examinations in 2004-05 achieved a level 7 or higher in mathematics in their Key Stage 3 examinations in 2007-08;

(3) how many pupils who achieved a level 5 in science in their Key Stage 2 examinations in 2004-05 also achieved a level 7 or higher in science in their Key Stage 3 examinations in 2007-08.

2007/08 data are not available. Data for 2006/07 can be found in table 8 of the Statistical First Release: National Curriculum Assessments at Key Stage 3 in England, 2006/07 (Revised), which can be found at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000776/index.shtml