Assessment can tell us only a quarter (or three?) of the tale

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This academic year is the last time that Year 6 teachers will be asked to make a teacher assessment judgement of reading and maths.

For many, that is a representation of how little value the government places on teachers’ assessments, and shows that the whole system is being overtaken by tests. They might argue that it fails to recognise that teacher assessment is far more reliable than tests, because it’s based on a teacher’s knowledge of a child over a whole year, instead of a single snapshot.

It’s certainly tempting to see it that way. Teachers know the children they teach better than any ...

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