Dear Kent County Council,
I would be grateful if you would kindly provide the following information in Excel on all those pupils who took the Kent test this year, 2017 by month of birth - i.e. number of pupils who sat the test and number of pupils who passed (and also split into male/female & state vs private/independent) and the average std & raw score e.g.:
Number of pupils who sat the test (split into ALL (i.e. all entrants), MALE, FEMALE, STATE, INDEPENDENT, MEAN TOTAL STD SCORE, MEAN TOTAL RAW SCORE)
No of pupils who passed the test (split into ALL (i.e. all entrants who passed, MALE, FEMALE, STATE, INDEPENDENT, MEAN TOTAL STD SCORE, MEAN TOTAL RAW SCORE)
etc for each of the groups of children by month of year starting those born Sept-06, Oct-06, Nov-06, Dec-06, Jan-07, Feb-07, Mar-07, Apr-07, May-07, Jun-07, Jul-07, Aug-07).
Dear Sir or Madam
Thank you for your email below.
Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 21^st November 2017 (20 working days from date of receipt).
We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/17/1826 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.
Peter Wylie | Access Information Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Room 2.71, Sessions House, Maidstone | Tel 03000
415563 | Fax 03000 420303 |
Dear Sir or Madam
Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) 2000, relating to the Kent Test.
I am pleased to provide the attached spreadsheet in answer to your
request. Within your request you have asked for the raw scores. I can
confirm that Kent County Council (KCC) holds the requested information;
however KCC is unable to disclose the information to you because it is
considered commercially sensitive under section 43(2) of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.
KCC’s provider of the Kent Test and scoring is GL Assessment Limited
(GLA). It is one of several providers of the 11+ nationally. All of the
providers are commercial organisations in competition with each other for
the contracts to supply 11+ tests to schools and local authorities.
Section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 applies if a
disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests
of any person or organisation. A commercial interest relates to a person’s
ability to participate competitively in a commercial activity, i.e. the
purchase and sale of goods or services. It is KCC’s view and that of GLA’s
that the disclosure of the requested information would prejudice GLA’s
commercial interests. This is due to the following reasons:
• The requested information varies from child to child based on
standardisation so the only way of answering such a request is to release
the standardisation table. GLA’s method of calculating the standardised
scores is part of its core intellectual property. If this is made public
and hence available to its competitors, it would destroy GLA’s commercial
• GLA expends a lot of effort trying to preserve the integrity of its
tests. This is done by carefully guarding the contents of tests and how
they are constructed and assessed. A large part of the reason for this is
to try and keep the tests as tutor-proof as possible. A tutor’s job is
made far easier the more information that is released on how tests are
constructed and assessed. If the requested information was disclosed, it
would allow a tutor to try and work out the standardisation method, which
would allow more targeted tutoring. All local authorities are concerned
about the levels of tutoring and how this can lead to a situation where
there is not a level playing field. GLA therefore has to try and stop
disclosure to try and keep tests as tutor-proof as possible - to not do so
would damage its commercial advantage as its tests would not be as
attractive to existing and potential customers.
If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/17/1826.
If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner’s website http://www.ico.org.uk/concerns.
Jemila Dodge | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | Phone: 03000 416034 |