Sats test ‘leaked by rogue marker’

A grammar, punctuation and spelling test being taken by 600,000 children aged 10 and 11 in England has been leaked online – with the Department for Education blaming a “rogue marker”.

A DfE source blamed an “active campaign by those people opposed to our reforms to undermine these tests”.

The Sats answers appeared for four hours on Monday night on a password-protected website.

It is the second time a primary school exam has been published.

The exam, which is being taken by Year Six pupils on Tuesday, was published by test supplier Pearson on a site accessible to registered markers.

Source: BBC

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It also follows a government climbdown last week on plans to force all schools to become academies.

Labour’s shadow education secretary Lucy Powell said the leak was a further “body blow to parent and teacher confidence” in how the primary testing system was being run.

The DfE source said: “While the test doesn’t appear to have leaked into the public domain and can go ahead, a rogue marker did attempt to leak the test’s contents.”

The education department says the test has not been compromised and the results will still stand.

They say about 90 people could have had access when it had been published and that it had not been put into the public domain.


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