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Do you want SATs in the final year of Primary school replaced? Register your view here.

The Cambridge Primary Review proposed that SATs should be replaced by teacher assessments. These would be for the purpose of informing them and parents of a child's progress. But these assessments would not be used to gauge the school's success in league tables or to measure the effectiveness of government policies. The Review did NOT propose scrapping a Year 6 assessment altogether, merely changing it.

Gordon Brown has just said in the TES that SATs must stay. He expresses the view that "progress relies on the need to retain clear accountability through testing."

So my first question is, what progress do you want measured by 'testing'?

a) The teachers'
b) The pupils'
c) The whole school
d) Government policy
e) All the above

Answer e) strikes me personally as an awful lot to ask of any 'test'.

My second question is, what form would you want this 'testing' to take?

a) Happy with SATs as they are
b) Some other form of pupil testing
c) Teacher assessment of each pupil
d) 'Test" the teachers, not the pupils
e) No testing/assessment of any kind

This isn't rhetorical, please do respond. It feels like the subject of Primary school assessment is more open than for a long time, so let's hear lots of views.

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Comment by Aishlyn Tracy-Youngs on November 24, 2009 at 16:00
By all means test the teachers but leave the kids alone.

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