About us

We set the tests to assess children in education from early years to the end of key stage 2.

We provide an effective and robust testing, assessment and moderation system to measure and monitor pupils’ progress through primary school from reception to the end of key stage 2. We are also responsible for developing and delivering the professional skills test for trainee teachers and managing the general qualifications logistics service provided to exam centres and examiners.

Who we are

We’re an executive agency of the Department for Education, with staff based at sites throughout the UK.

Our responsibilities

We’re responsible for:

  • delivering national curriculum assessment cycles, including development and delivery of tests at KS1 and KS2 in the core subjects of English and mathematics, as well as the phonics screening check and, from 2020, the multiplication tables check
  • supporting schools to administer tests and assessments
  • setting and maintaining test standards
  • managing the submission and moderation of teacher assessment
  • supporting schools to develop their own practice under the new assessment freedoms
  • developing and delivering the professional skills tests for trainee teachers
  • managing the general qualifications logistics service provided to exam centres and examiners

Our priorities

From 2017 to 2022, our priorities will be to:

  • deliver national curriculum assessment cycles, including development and delivery of tests at KS1 and KS2 in the core subjects of English and mathematics, as well as the phonics screening check and, from 2020, the multiplication tables check
  • conduct biennial science sampling tests to monitor national standards in science at the end of key stage 2
  • provide a secure and stable primary assessment system, incorporating the outcomes of the 2017 public consultations on primary assessment and the outcomes of the Rochford Review
  • manage the delivery of a new statutory assessment in the reception year, from 2020, to provide a robust baseline for school accountability progress measures
  • deliver, by 2019, high quality, optional resit papers to support those pupils who are not working at the expected standard in reading or mathematics by the end of year 6 to catch up in year 7
  • implement an organisational change programme following the STA review in 2016
  • manage the delivery of the professional skills tests for prospective teachers and manage the logistics service for general qualifications

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