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Kids' 1-12 times tables lined up for online testing

David Bicknell Published 21 March 2016

Standards and Testing Agency looks to have supplier in place for system to test pupils' 1-12 times tables in May 2017


The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) wants to develop an online Key Stage 2 system to test primary school children's knowledge of their 1-12 times tables.

According to a Prior Information Notice (PIN) from the Department for Education, the Agency is looking to develop the test to be used by around 16,000 primary schools catering for around 550,000.

The three year contract is to develop and rollout a system that is online or onscreen, and that is secure. The supplier must also provide a service to cater for schools with limited or no Internet access and possibly poor IT infrastructure.

The supplier will also need to manage a whole service for the test which includes providing a helpdesk to support schools with technical issues in the system, and ensuring that the data captured from the system can feed into other STA data feeds.

The supplier will also need to have knowledge of Special Educational Needs in schools and be able to make and suggest, modifications to the test to cater for these children.

The test will only be focused on 1-12 times tables, with the length and timing of the test still to be decided following a wider consultation. It is however envisaged that the test will be sat by pupils in May 2017.

The PIN points out that this is the first online or onscreen Key Stage 2 test in primary schools and the STA is are keen to explore all options for the delivery of this contract, including considering using any existing software if it can be fully amended to suit the needs of the test.

Any proposed system, however, must be able to import and export data with existing STA systems and new systems that may be developed under a new Key Stage 2 test delivery contract in 2018 onwards.

The three year contract may be extensible for a further two years and the STA wants to have a supplier in contract for September 2016.

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