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Yesterday afternoon Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, made a statement on National Curriculum Tests. His Shadow Michael Gove is a formidable debator. He hit the bullseye with this question:

"As well as concern about too much testing, there is concern about a lack of rigour in all national tests. The Secretary of State will, I am sure, know that one of the questions in the most recent key stage 3 science tests was, “What part of a rider’s body does a riding hat protect?” and one of the questions in our GCSE science tests asked students whether we looked at the stars through a telescope or a microscope. Does he consider those questions evidence of sufficient rigour in the curriculum and, if not, what instructions has he given to the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and the exams watchdog Ofqual to ensure that standards are high?"

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