Tate reading from a marked script;Letter
Celia Gaskin is "spot on" with her comments and I was irritated again by Dr Tate trotting out the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority's party line. He speaks of "marked scripts" being returned to schools. Has he looked at them? If a tick and a number at the end of a question constitute "marking", then GCSE and A-level examiners have got it all wrong!
So too have the English teachers in my department who spend many hours on their pupils' work. I understood that a marked script involved the identification of where and how the answer met the criteria set out in the mark scheme, including a summative comment linked to those assessment criteria. None of this with key stage 3 papers.
That is why it took me many hours to compose my appeal against our test results before returning the whole batch to the marking agency. Guess what: their marker had got it all wrong! We are greatly underwhelmed, and far from satisfied.
10 Harrot Hill