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England: Ministers consider national tests for 7 yr olds

 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 11:58 pm    Post subject: England: Ministers consider national tests for 7 yr olds Reply with quote

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/nov/01/nicky-morgan-national-tests-primary-school-england

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Ministers consider national tests for seven-year-olds

Education secretary Nicky Morgan expected to announce review of primary school assessment in England


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...Standardised tests for pupils in year two were dropped in 2004, but the new review of assessment could put national tests back on the agenda.

The Department for Education (DfE) wants the new review to ensure that assessments for pupils in reception and year two classes can be used to reliably gauge progress to year six, the final year of primary schooling.

In particular, previous research suggests that teacher-led assessment can be vulnerable to favouritism and stereotypes, leading in some cases to girls being given lower assessments for subjects such as maths, as well as concerns that some schools may depress KS1 assessments to boost the progress shown in key stage two (KS2) exams...

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More about this topic via the UK Reading Reform Foundation message forum:

http://rrf.org.uk/messageforum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6224

It's good to see other people challenging the idea that national assessments should be 'teacher assessment' rather than national objective snapshot tests.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Twitter is buzzing about this topic this morning - more support for testing than might have been imagined!!!

I discuss this topic of national testing and national teacher assessment in my 'Phonics Training Online' course - so of course I am very interested that it has become a topic for national discussion!

We have students currently completing this course from many countries around the world demonstrating that 'systematic synthetic phonics' is increasingly of interest globally wherever the English language is taught for reading and writing:

https://phonicstrainingonline.com
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