Labour has pledged to review Sats and abandon plans to reintroduce baseline assessments, in the manifesto it launched today.
In response, the Conservative government launched a consultation on its plans to reform primary assessment, with the eye-catching promise to scrap tests for seven-year-olds if a baseline assessment could be used instead.
No return of baseline
Labour has said that its review of tests at age 7 and 11 would not include a reintroduction of the baseline assessment. It also mentions that: “The world’s most successful education systems use more continuous assessment, which avoids teaching for the test.”
The manifesto comes the week after Sats were taken by more than half a million Year 6 pupils. The pupils were tested in reading, maths, and spelling, grammar and punctuation (Spag). Teachers must also carry out assessments of children’s writing.