These reports and reviews carried out or commissioned by QCA, QCDA and Ofqual.

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) was set up by the Government to regulate all external qualifications in England. The National Assessment Agency took over the specific role of the delivery and administration of National Curriculum assessments from QCA in 2004. By 2007, the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA), which was an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Education, carried out similar roles to QCA although regulatory functions regarding examination and assessment boards were transferred to Ofqual in 2007, as an independent regulator of exams and tests in England. The remaining work of the QCA was transferred to the QCDA. The QCA was formally dissolved in 2010 when the QCDA and Ofqual gained statutory status.

In 2010, the Secretary of State announced his intention to promote legislation that would abolish QCDA which then closed in 2012 and has been replaced in function by the new Standards and Testing Agency since 2011.

Education and qualifications in Scotland and Wales are the responsibility of the Scottish Government and Welsh Government and their agencies.


Standards Over Time in Mathematics 2001, 2006, 2009

Annually the publication of GCSE and A level examination results prompts public interest in the standards of those examinations. In 1996, Lord Dearing in his Review of Qualifications for 16–19 Year Olds made several recommendations to ensure that "there is a basis and accepted procedure ... for monitoring and...

Mathematics Quality and Assessment Reports: Standards Reports 2002

This Standards Report from QCA was written with the purpose providing schools and those involved in the training of teachers with detailed information about student responses to the 2002 national curriculum tasks and tests.

The Key Stage Two report is one element of the Qualifications and Curriculum...

Mathematics Quality and Assessment Reports: Key Stage Three Standards Reports 2000-2002

These reports from QCA evaluate the National Assessments at Key Stage Three. Their purpose is to provide schools and those involved in the training of teachers with detailed information about student responses to the National Curriculum tests.

The information in this report gives a unique insight into...

Mathematics Quality and Assessment Reports: Single Level Tests: Report of First Three Test Sessions

This report on the single level tests pilot from QCA provides a factual account of the first three single level test sessions (December 2007, June 2008 and December 2008), setting out the test model, the test development process, the standard-setting processes and the outcomes.

The purpose of the pilot was...


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