Meet the authors

Colin McCarty



Colin McCarty was a teacher for 25 years before taking on the role of Project Director of National Curriculum test development for KS2 and KS3 from their inception. He has written a wide range of standardised assessments covering reading, writing, SPAG, mathematics and science. He is passionate about providing high quality, diagnostic information that assists teachers and supports children’s learning. Colin believes that summative and diagnostic information leads to data richness, which underpins assessment.


Caroline Cooke


Caroline Cooke is a highly experienced teacher who has worked as a Numeracy consultant and Curriculum adviser for mathematics and within a local authority as an advisor. She has also worked with the National Assessment Agency and as a Principal Officer for mathematics for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, which involved working closely with the Maths Test Development Team to create KS1-KS3 National Tests. . Caroline works with the STA as a curriculum expert, offering test development advice on both KS1 and KS2. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors.

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