School Tests

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

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the merits of performance testing in schools.

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

Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning. National Curriculum testing provides an objective means of testing all children in the country on a consistent basis. It is an important part of the overall drive to raise standards in the core subjects at the primary and secondary stages and lays firm foundations for future learning.

The information from testing helps teachers to identify strengths and weaknesses, which can then be used to inform teaching and learning. It allows us to compare the progress of children in different schools and provides parents with clear feedback against national standards.

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