Guidance

Key stage 2 tests: demonstrate correct test administration

Advice for headteachers on how to demonstrate correct test administration and avoid allegations of maladministration during KS2 tests.

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This guidance will be updated for the 2018 test cycle in March 2018.

The term ‘maladministration’ refers to any act that:

  • affects the integrity, security or confidentiality of the national curriculum assessments
  • could lead to results that don’t reflect pupils’ unaided work

A school could be subject to a maladministration investigation if it doesn’t comply with the test administration guidance. Maladministration can lead to changes or annulment of results for the whole cohort, groups of pupils or individual pupils. Investigations can be extremely stressful for schools and staff.

This guidance explains some steps you can take to demonstrate correct test administration and avoid allegations of maladministration at your school.