Tests that Punish

President Obama has said that, “Too often what we have been doing is using these tests to punish students or to, in some cases, punish schools.” This has been the reality of Year 6 SATs in UK schools. Children are put under pressure to perform in the tests on the basis that it is important for them. In reality the only people who will really suffer is the school if the results fall. Yes children should be leaving primary school with at least level 4 but if they aren’t it will be too late for the school to help the children and the results won’t be relevant when the children are looking for a job at 16+.

The story can be found at this link. Thanks to Stephen Heppell for the link.


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