Education and Skills written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Stephen Hesford Stephen Hesford Labour, Wirral West

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the Key Stage One pilots; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Miliband David Miliband Minister of State (School Standards), Department for Education and Skills

The trial started in September 2003 and will cover the 2004 Key Stage 1 assessments, which are not due to be completed until the second half of the summer term. It is therefore too early to have made an assessment of the trial at this stage.

QCA has commissioned an independent evaluation from Leeds university which will focus on a representative sample of 150 of the 5,000 schools taking part in the trial. The evaluation will look at workload and whether the new arrangements ensure really robust and comparable results that can be used as a basis for calculating value-added. We expect a full report to be ready at the beginning of September.

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