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‘Paying for mistakes’: the cost of assessment change

Money used to axe unit tests will streamline courses, says national exam body

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The scrapping of unit assessments to ease teacher workload has left the Scottish government with a bill for millions of pounds, Tes Scotland can reveal.

Exam body the Scottish Qualifications Authority has admitted it will cost at least £4.5 million to get rid of the controversial assessments, which were accused of creating “a testing treadmill” in schools.

Responding to a freedom of information request, the SQA warned that the figure was set to rise because it was “continuing to scope” the cost of education secretary John Swinney’s recent temporary U-turn.

The original plan was for unit ...

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