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
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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