The date of the third annual National Reference Test (NRT) has been announced by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). It will be held between 25 February and 8 March 2019.
Letters regarding the arrangements for next year's test are being sent by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), the delivery partner for Ofqual, to the 350 schools selected to take part.
The first NRT was held in February and March 2017 and involved 341 schools and nearly 18,000 GCSE students. Each year, a sample of GCSE students will take the same test so it will show, over time, if there is any change in how students perform at a national level.