Illusory gains and deep flaws
Now its head of statistics admits increases in test scores have been exaggerated ("QCA admits to 'illusory' primary test improvements", TES, May 6).
This may surprise David Miliband, with whom I clashed last year when he was schools minister. At that time he claimed a staggering rise in standards.
This has proved illusory.
The case against these crude, time-consuming, distorting tests grows stronger every day. There is hardly a teacher or academic in the UK who doesn't see them as deeply flawed.
The lesson of the general election is that the Government needs to listen.
Nowhere is this more obvious than in the case of Sats.
Authors Against the Sats