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Three-tier accountability may turn into a three-ring circus

The Data Doctor: A decision on how we measure progress in primary schools is needed but are the current proposals swapping one set of problems for another?

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The question of how best to measure progress for junior and middle schools is a pressing one, and the 2017 primary assessment consultation offered two options, both of which hinged on the introduction of a Reception baseline.

The first option was to have a Reception baseline to key stage 1 progress measure for infant and first schools, and a KS1 to KS2 progress measure for junior and middle schools. This would require maintaining statutory KS1 teacher assessments for pupils in infant and first schools.

The second was to hold all primaries to account on the basis of a Reception baseline to KS2 ...

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