For schools' eyes only

21st September 2001 at 01:00
The Executive should set a framework for local authorities to run standardised testing but only for feedback to schools, Mike Cowie, a senior lecturer at Northern College and a key figure in the development of PIPS testing programmes, says.

The Performance Indicators in Primary Schools standardised tests, run through Durham University, are in use in Aberdeen, Midlothian, Orkney, Moray and some schools in Aberdeenshire and Dundee. Dr Cowie said teachers had supported the tests because they were not imposed from the top.

"PIPS gives information to schools they find useful and helpful and it has got to be for self-evaluation," he said.

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