Tuesday, 16 December 2008

QCA, SATS and Plausible Deniability

A few thoughts first...
  • Dr Ken Boston was being remunerated to the tune of over £300k per annum
  • The SATs were meant to test both the students and the schools
  • QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority) apparently kept changing the specification as they went along
  • The new preferred bidder is Edexcel - the only privately owned exam board in the UK
  • The NAA (National Assessment Agency) is another layer between government and the exams, and seems to not have an address! (http://www.naa.org.uk/naa_15956.aspx)
  • Ofqual has been created as the independent regulator of exams and tests in England
  • a marking crisis affecting A-levels in 2002 led to the sacking of his predecessor, Sir William Stubbs
So we have a catalogue of cock-ups. Firstly, there is QCA. They have a history of not doing the job well, so they spawn a set of subsidiary organisations. The government can deny responsibility, and QCA can in turn devolve blame to its offspring. Let us hope that Boston does not get compensated for the last few moths of his contract.

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