This report incorporates the management commentary as required under the government financial reporting manual. It shows how the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) has carried out its statutory duties as an executive agency of the Department for Education.
The agency was established by the Secretary of State for Education on 1 October 2011 and formally commenced operating on Monday 3 October 2011.
The agency has responsibility for the development and delivery of statutory assessment and testing in England. The STA’s legislative framework includes the Education Act 2011, SI 2011/2392 (which gave legal effect to the transfer of functions from the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA).
From 1 October 2011, when responsibility was transferred from QCDA, the agency has been responsible for the development and delivery of statutory assessment and testing for children up to age 14 (the end of key stage 3) in England.