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Standards and Testing Agency: full business case summary

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

The remit and purpose of the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) will be to develop and deliver statutory assessment and testing for children up to age 14. A full list of the STA's remit and functions is set out in annex 1.

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The Government has announced that the functions currently carried out by the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) should be discharged differently. On 27 May 2010, the Secretary of State wrote to the Chair of QCDA to confirm the intention to introduce legislation (the Education Bill 2011) to abolish the QCDA, subject to the will of Parliament, by March 2012. The Education Bill was introduced in to the House of Commons on 26 January 2011, and is expected to receive Royal Assent in autumn 2011.

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, statutory teacher assessments at Key Stages 1, 2 and 3, as well as the Year 1 phonics check and NCTs at Key Stage 2. A full list of the STA’s remit and functions is set out in Annex 1.

Includes:

  • Introduction
  • Strategic case
  • Economic case
  • Commercial case
  • Financial case
  • Management case
  • Annexes