Full of sound and fury..

BBC NI political editor, Mark Devenport, sums up the appearance in the Assembly today by the Northern Ireland Education Minister, Sinn Féin’s Caitríona Ruane – “There was some feisty exchanges.. but on terms of the substance of the matter.. nothing there.”

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    Along the same lines as DENi and CCEA’s response to requests for information on the Minister’s new test promised to end the self-inflicted unregulated system. Ruane and CCEA seem to have a lot in common.

    In response to a query asking for the specification and the identity of the testing agency the FOI team at CCEA (soon to become part of ESA) produce this illumination:

    “Development work following CCEA’s commission of May 2008 to produce a contingency test has been operational in nature. The work to develop the specification of the test commissioned by DENI has been similar to the development of previous transfer tests and is being undertaken by CCEA staff experienced in this area.”

    “CCEA works in partnership with an external agency specialising in test development and with an international reputation in the field. As part of the test development process, questions will be trialled outside of Northern Ireland.”

    “Details about the contingency test are intended for publication at a later date. We are therefore applying the exemption under s22 Intended for future publication of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.”

    As Mark Devenport concluded, “.. on terms of the substance of the matter.. nothing there.”

    That should satisfy all those anxious parents and teachers then.