Emma Seith

National qualifications are ‘open to gaming’

Reduction in assessment verification could lead to schools playing the system

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The quality-control system that was designed to ensure consistency in internal assessment for national qualifications is “predictable” and open to “gaming“, an academic has warned, after a Tes Scotland investigation into the process known as verification.

The University of Stirling’s Professor Mark Priestley – a curriculum studies expert who advises the Scottish government on education policy – made the comments after Tes Scotland found that the amount of verification being carried out by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has plummeted since the new national qualifications started ...

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