THE North Lanarkshire report states: "Teachers are frequently reluctant to ask pupils to attempt summative assessment too soon, leading to a potential log jam situation. In addition, there is already evidence of parental pressure on schools to delay the timing of assessments in order to ensure that students have the best chance of success.
"The parental dimension is also reflected in a pressure on ensuring favourable outcomes of unit tests. This could generate issuesof validity and reliability."
The report continues: "In many cases pupils are being assessed in some aspect of the curriculum virtually every week. This could result in assessment fatigue and excessive pressure, especially for students with five subjects. This is a majority view. However, some argue that it represents a constant focus to ensure that students pace their work. Some see internal assessment procedures as having been good for pupil motivation."