National tests should be scrapped and replaced

12th May 2006 at 01:00
* National tests should be scrapped and replaced by a system where one in 50 pupils is assessed by the Government every year, England's General Teaching Council has recommended.

It says the move would end "teaching to the test" and give ministers better information on school standards.

The council, which has been investigating the impact of tests and exams on the curriculum for two years, wants ministers to re-introduce a sampling system for monitoring pupils' achievements.

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