ENGLAND’S exams regulator is to be asked by MPs to explain how a repeat of this summer’s national curriculum test fiasco will be avoided next year.
Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman will lead the inquiry which will ask Kathleen Tattersall, chairwoman of Ofqual and chief executive Isabel Nisbet what systems have been put in place to ensure next year’s tests run smoothly.
They were due to appear before a schools commons select committee today, which is examining the causes of the delays.
Committee chairman Mr Sheerman said: “Next year is going to be a difficult year, we want to hear from Ofqual what they believe the arrangements are that have been put in place by the Government and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.”
Dr Philip Tabbiner, senior vice president of ETS Europe, the American firm hired to oversee this year’s delayed national curriculum tests, has also been asked to appear.
He is expected to face tough questioning over ETS’s part in the failure to mark scripts of tests for 11 and 14-years-olds on time.
Mr Sheerman, the Labour member for Huddersfield, said the delays had caused “a great deal of inconvenience for everyone involved”.
He said: “We want to hear from all sides about what went wrong.
“There are going to be some difficult, hard questions asked. And if we don’t get the answers, we will be calling other people.”
ETS was widely criticised when thousands of schoolchildren broke up for the summer without knowing their SATs results.