Corporate report

Standards and Testing Agency business plan 1 October 2011 to 31 March 2013

This publication was withdrawn on 15 September 2014

This document has been replaced by the ‘Standards and Testing Agency business plan 2014 to 2015’.

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Annually updated report detailing the objectives and priorities of the STA and the methods by which these will be achieved.


The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) was established as an executive agency of the Department for Education on 1 October 2011 and formally commenced operating on Monday 3 October.

The STA’s remit is to provide an effective and robust testing and assessment system that objectively measures and monitors children’s progress from the early years up to the end of key stage 3 (age 14). The policy framework set by ministers defines the requirements for tests or assessments, such as through the national curriculum. This report will be updated annually.


  • overview of the agency and its responsibilities
  • objectives
  • priorities
  • methods of measuring success
  • resources
  • governance and accountability