RECENT press reports have contained reference to a "survey" by the Educational Institute of Scotland which is supposed to show that a majority of teachers of English favour internal assessment. The EIS has confirmed that no EIS spokesperson can have made such a statement because no survey has been carried out. Teachers can draw their own conclusions as to the likely source of this misinformation.
Should such a survey be carried out it would be astonishing if it produced such a result. No group within the school system has more experience of internal assessment or the internal production of assessment materials than teachers of English. It s because of this that they are so opposed to its takeover of the national senior qualification in the Higher Still programme.
Internal assessment is a political tool designed to produce favourable statistics for government purposes while leaving teachers exposed to blame if
and when things go wrong. It is causing great difficulties, as we predicted, in the Higher Still programme where it has been implemented. It must be removed before the credibility of our qualifications system is irre-trievably lost.
Scottish Association of Teachers
of Language and Literature
Buckstone Crescent, Edinburgh