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National Curriculum

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

23. To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on the future of testing in the national curriculum; and if he will make a statement. (292215)

In May, we accepted in full the recommendations of the Expert Group on Assessment on the future of national curriculum assessment and testing. The group was clear that tests at the end of Key Stage 2 were educationally beneficial and vital for public accountability, and so the tests in English and maths will remain in place. We are also continuing and extending our trials of single level tests, and introducing new sample tests for Key Stage 2 science and for Key Stage 3.