Primary Education: Assessments

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Secretary of State (Children, Schools and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the accuracy of Key Stage 1 results; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) is responsible for maintaining standards. The QCA assures the accuracy of key stage 1 (KS1) results through a national moderation process, which is conducted by the National Assessment Agency (NAA). Local authorities (LAs) have a statutory responsibility to moderate teacher assessment judgments to ensure the accuracy and consistency of those judgments, which are informed by nationally benchmarked tests. The NAA monitors the moderation activity of LAs annually.

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