Primary Sats debate and a question of accountability

15th May 2009 at 01:00

The recommendation of the "assessment experts" are a disgrace for three reasons.

First, their approach to science tests. Our data has already shown that science is being taught less and less while the Government bemoans the lack of scientists - so what will retaining maths and English tests do to teaching time for science?

The same longitudinal data has shown the huge skewing of the curriculum in favour of tested subjects. The Government's agents are now indicating the primacy of two of those subjects, so expect even more imbalance.

Finally, it encourages further piloting of when-ready tests. If this means the already dubious single level tests, get ready for multiple testing "windows", year-round teaching to the tests, and even more confusing messages to parents.

Professor Bill Boyle, Chair, Educational Assessment, School of Education, University of Manchester.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now