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Standards and Testing Agency framework document, revised 2014

Document outlining the aims, roles and responsibilities of the Standards and Testing Agency (STA).

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This document has been replaced by the ‘Standards and Testing Agency Framework’ - July 2018.


Standards and Testing Agency framework document


This is the framework document for the Standards and Testing Agency (STA), an executive agency of the Department for Education. The framework was revised in September 2014.

STA supports the Government’s aims of raising standards and narrowing attainment gaps between pupils from wealthier and poorer backgrounds. It also provides the robust and fair external assessment system through which pupil progress is measured and schools are held to account.

STA has responsibility, on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education, for development and delivery of statutory assessment and testing in England. This framework document sets out the arrangements for the governance, accountability, financing, staffing and operation of the STA. It includes:

  • aims and objectives
  • roles and responsibilities
  • governance
  • accountability to parliament
  • financial management and reporting
  • audit and assurance
  • staffing
  • shared services
Published 12 September 2014