HC Deb 17 March 1998 vol 308 cc597-8W
Mr. David Davis

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans he has to introduce more rigorous procedures for National Curriculum tests at Key Stage 1. [34879]

Ms Estelle Morris

We are introducing some additional procedures for the National Curriculum tests at Key Stage 1 in 1998. These include reducing the scope for potential malpractice by delivering tests later to schools, asking headteachers to sign a declaration that tests have been administered correctly, and external checks to be conducted during the assessment period. We are also continuing to support schools' administration and marking of the Key Stage 1 tests by funding supply cover, and through the audit of assessment standards in over a quarter of schools. The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority will continue to monitor test standards for consistency with the demands of the National Curriculum and comparability with previous years.