Emma Seith

National standardised assessments ‘a shambles’

Regime criticised for spiralling costs, pupil stress and not closing attainment gap

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The new national standardised assessment regime in Scotland will cost £3.4 million to deliver this year, exceeding original estimates by more than a million pounds – and costing more than three times the amount councils used to spend on standardised tests annually.

A Tes Scotland investigation has also revealed that the tests have cost a total of £1.2 million to develop, meaning the bill for the literacy and numeracy assessments will hit at least £4.6 million by the end of the school year in July. The true cost will be higher because the total excludes an additional 20 per cent for value-added ...

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