Corporate report

Standards and Testing Agency: full business case summary

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

Full summary of the business case for the creation of the Standards and Testing Agency and details of its remits and responsibilities.



Detailed information about government plans to abolish the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) and the creation of the Standards and Testing Agency (STA). This will be a smaller, more focused and more efficient body responsible for developing statutory assessment and testing, that is more directly accountable to ministers.

The remit and purpose of the new agency will be to develop and deliver statutory assessment and testing for children up to age 14 (the end of key stage 3). This will include the early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP), statutory teacher assessments at key stages 1, 2 and 3, as well as the year 1 phonics check and national curriculum tests (NCT) at key stage 2.


  • strategic case (including implementation of the Bew Review)
  • economic case
  • commercial case
  • financial case
  • management case
  • STA independence
  • full list of the STA functions (annex 1)