Test mark move

23rd April 2004 at 01:00
The marking of national curriculum tests is to be privatised, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority has announced.

Pearson Education, part of the publishing company which owns the Edexcel exam board, has been named as preferred bidder for a contract worth at least pound;25 million a year to mark key stage 2 and 3 tests from May 2005.

The company will also be responsible for collecting and distributing the results, and marking and data collection relating to tests for Year 7 youngsters and optional tests for primary pupils.

The decision is a set-back for the AQA board, which currently marks the tests and was shortlisted alongside Pearson. Some 1.2 million pupils take KS2 and KS3 tests in English, maths and science every year.

Pearson, which acquired Edexcel for pound;20m a year ago and runs the largest test-marking business in the United States,is now poised to expand its role in British testing.

The company could soon be responsible for developing the key stage 2 and 3 maths tests, having been shortlisted for a pound;1m-a-year contract.

It has also been leading the way in the drive to introduce electronic marking into the exams system.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now