These are my thoughts on school tests, written as part of June’s #blogsync compilation.
Tests, there’s a plethora of them these days. There are tests for Year 1 phonics, Key Stage 1 SATs tests, Key Stage 2 SATs tests, Key Stage 3 teacher assessment, Key Stage 4 teacher assessment as a predictor for GCSEs and GCSEs at the end of compulsory schooling. In SEN we have our own range of assessments with ASDAN, TI, TC and Entry Levels to name just a few. What is the purpose of it all?
The official party line is that tests are to check if children are on track to gain their GCSEs. If that is the case why are we testing 5 year olds and proposing to test 4 year olds. These children are as far away from their GCSEs as it is possible to be. So we test them at 5 years…
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