National CurriculumTests KS2
KS2 Test dates 2012
Ministers have confirmed that the 2012 key stage 2 national curriculum tests will be held in the week beginning 14 May 2012. Externally marked Level 6 tests in English and mathematics will be available to schools in 2012 to administer to eligible pupils on an optional basis.
The dates for these tests will be Monday 21 May and Tuesday 22 May. QCDA will be sending an update to all schools to confirm this announcement.
The test timetable will be published in the 2012 Assessment and reporting arrangements which will be sent to all schools in November 2011. Schools are asked to hold the dates of Monday 14 May until Wednesday 23 May 2012 to allow for the full test administration period.
Test dates for 2011
Ministers have announced that the key stage 2 national curriculum tests will be held in the week commencing Monday 9 May 2011.
Mick Walker, Executive Director of Education, response to Ofqual's monitoring report: 2009 Key Stage 2 tests
19 July 2010 Announcement
"We are pleased that Ofqual has recognised QCDA's considerable success in delivering last year's national curriculum tests.
Ofqual highlighted areas of good practice and made some suggestions for improvements. We had already identified many of the recommendations through our own self-assessment and, where possible, these were incorporated into this year's test cycle.
We continually seek to improve our systems and processes, and this is demonstrated in the success of this year's test delivery, with 100% of results delivered to schools on time.
We will continue to work with Ofqual, teaching unions and the Department for Education to improve the test system, making sure it accurately reflects children's achievements at the end of their primary education."
Assessment and National Curriculum test information can be accessed via QCDA
Spring term 2010
There will be a national sample of schools selected to administer Science tests at the end of KS2. These tests will be administered in selected schools on 14th May 2010. The ballot to boycott administration of KS2 English and Mathematics tests will not include Science.
July 10th 2009
2010 key stage 2 test dates
The 2010 key stage 2 national curriculum tests will take place the week commencing 10 May 2010, as previously published in the 2009 Assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA). Key stage 2 science tests however have been discontinued and will not take place in 2010. This was confirmed by Vernon Coaker, Minister of State for Schools and Learners: 'Having taken account of QCA and Ofqual's advice, we will seek to implement the Expert Group's recommendation on moving the test to mid June in 2011'.
QCA will provide further information about key stage 2 national curriculum tests for English and mathematics to schools and local authorities in the autumn term. We will also provide schools with further details of the outcomes of the Expert Group's report published earlier this year.
14 October 2008
QCA Chief Executive, Ken Boston said:
"I warmly welcome the government's announcement today that the national curriculum assessment system is to be reformed. This is consistent with advice from QCA.
"The decision to develop national sampling at 14 to check on pupil performance should also be welcomed. This is widely used in countries around the world, and in international surveys of achievement such as those run by the OECD. An annual sample could provide a very useful check on how the system is doing."
3rd September 2008
Access information about the 2008 test cycle and plans for 2009 via the NAA websitehttp://www.naa.org.uk/naa_18914.aspx
15th August 2008
QCA announces it has dissolved its contract with ETS Europe, with immediate affect.
In light of the problems with the delivery of 2008 national curriculum tests, QCA has announced today that it has dissolved its contract with ETS Europe with immediate effect. For more information, read the QCA announcement
In terms of completing the 2008 national curriculum test cycle, although the contract has been dissolved, ETS Europe will continue to work to conclude this year's test operations. This includes returning outstanding scripts and results to schools. This means that there is no change for schools in terms of how to raise queries, access results, or return scripts, until further notice.
As previously announced, the National Assessment Agency (NAA) has taken over the management of the reviews process for 2008. Details on requesting reviews and an operational update from NAA in light of today's announcement can be found on NAA's website. QCA's chief executive will be writing to all headteachers before the start of next term to give further details.
Read a letter from Ed Balls to the chair of the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee.
News update - return of KS2/3 results 2008
14 July 2008
Ken Boston, QCA Chief Executive, gave evidence this afternoon in Parliament to the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee of MPs. He has released a statement about the delay of national curriculum test results which you can read online at www.qca.org.uk/qca_18435.aspx.
The NAA Managing Director David Gee has also written to headteachers of key stage 2 and key stage 3 schools apologising for the inconvenience and disruption caused by the delay in releasing results for the 2008 national curriculum tests.
Included with the letter is a factsheet providing guidance for the return of results to schools.
For key stage 2 schools, results will now be available from 15 July and all available key stage 3 results will be released from 18 July. Both will be available from the Test orders website at naa.org.uk/tests.
Read the letter to headteachers (PDF 46KB)
Download the Guidance for the return of results for the 2008 national curriculum tests factsheet (PDF 40KB)
July 11th 2008
Latest news issued by NAA includes deadlines and reviews and can be accessed via the following weblink:http://www.naa.org.uk/naa_18417.aspx
The Department for Children, Schools and Families has been asked by the National Assessment Agency to alert schools to important information about National Curriculum test results.
The National Assessment Agency (NAA) has advised the Department that they expect there to be some delays to the release of Key Stage 2 and 3 test results to schools. Results were due to be released to schools on July 8 but will now be released later - for Key Stage 2, on July 15; and for Key Stage 3, results available will be released by the end of the week of July 15. The NAA continues to monitor the situation closely and remains confident in the quality of marking and the accuracy of data being received. The issue is the speed of delivery for the release of results to schools.
We take very seriously the inconvenience and disruption this will cause to you.
You can access full information on the NAA website at www.naa.org.uk/
A statement from Ed Balls on the situation is also available on www.dcsf.gov.uk
National Curriculum teacher assessments and end of key stage tests
The National Curriculum teacher assessments and tests take place at the end of Key Stages 1, 2 and 3.
Key Stage 4 provides opportunity to work towards national qualifications - usually GCSEs.
Over the next ten years, 14 to 19 year olds will have greater choice in the courses, subjects and qualifications they take, making it easier to gain the skills needed for further study and work. New Diplomas will be introduced alongside GCSEs and A levels.
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