Cancellation of the 2020 Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Statutory Assessments

ASCL are aware that Standards and Testing Agency’s (STA) suppliers (in direct correspondence sent on 23 and 24 March 2020) contacted schools who had previously been informed they were part of the 2020 statutory trialling activities or Key Stage 2 science sampling assessment, informing them that they would no longer be required to take part in those trialling activities.
We are also aware that, as a result of the decision to cancel the assessments, the STA confirmed in correspondence with local authorities on 19 March that local authorities would be relieved of their statutory duties to monitor and moderate.

We accept that the Department for Education will need to amend secondary legislation.

We welcome and support that this means the cancellation of the following assessments between April and July in 2020:

Phonics screening check (in Years 1 and 2)
Key Stage 1 tests and teacher assessments
Year 4 multiplication tables check
Science sampling test
Key Stage 2 tests and teacher assessments
All statutory trialling

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