The term 'maladministration' refers to any act that affects the integrity, security or confidentiality of the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum tests, and could lead to results that do not reflect children’s unaided work. Maladministration can lead to changes to, or annulment of, results for whole cohorts, groups of children or individual children.
Some examples of maladministration are listed below.
Before test administration
During test administration
After test administration
The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) has a statutory duty to investigate any matter brought to its attention relating to the accuracy or correctness of any results of any child for the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum tests.
STA's maladministration team works closely with local authorities to investigate any allegations of maladministration.
Schools and local authorities should read and be aware of the guidance available to download from this page.
This guidance outlines the procedures for investigating allegations of maladministration during the 2013 assessment cycle. It applies to maladministration of the Key Stage 2 tests and the phonics screening check.
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Information for schools about visits that may follow allegations of maladministration.