Friday, 12 October 2007

Backlash against SATs. Nothing new there then...

Opposition to the KS2 national tests was almost universal amond those interviewed for the interim Primary Review, with only the children having anything good to say about them.

One child said, "Children should be tested to show that they have done well and have been listening."

A report in the TES says that the tests have a dual role. They measure pupils' progress but are also part of an 'accountability framework', giving information to parents and taxpayers about how schools compare. Heads highlighted this accountability aspect (league tables) as the real difficulty.

In our newly amalgamated school, target setting and scrutinising progress is becoming quite a priority. Can anyone tell me why is it that every year the children are given a sub-level (3B, 3A, 4C etc) and then in the SATs they just get a level 3, 4 or 5 and no sub-level. I think this is odd.

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