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More SATs annulled

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Vince_Ulam, Aug 16, 2018.

  1. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    SATs results annulled at ‘outstanding’ London primary school

    'The [Standards & Testing Agency] investigated in response to allegations of “maladministration” of the tests at St Matthew’s Church of England Primary School in Hillingdon, which was rated ‘outstanding’ at its last Ofsted inspection in 2009.

    [...]

    The Standards and Testing Agency investigated and their decision was to annul the maths papers for all of the pupils.

    [...]

    However, [a spokeswoman for the DfE] said the decision to do so will not “adversely affect” the pupils, as the school can provide teacher assessment data to show pupil progress in maths.'
    SchoolsWeek.co.uk, 14th August 2018.

    There will be a lot more of this 'maladministration' happening than will ever come to light. Clearly there needs to be a higher Mathematical bar for entry onto Primary ITT.

    The school is part of a multi-academy trust running four schools. Where cheating is discovered at one school in a group, the results of all in that group should be annulled. Cheats must be disqualified from teaching.

    Prior assessment data must not be accepted as it cannot be trusted, emergency SATs should be taken. A message must be sent so that honest & hardworking teachers, pupils & their parents have confidence in the education system.
     
  2. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Lead commenter

    Quite apart from anything else "last OFSTED inspection in 2009"?
     
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  3. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Because it was outstanding!
    And the pressure is always there to remain so! (NOT that that condones cheating).
     
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  4. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter

    If Ofsted was eradicated, would cheating stop?
     
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  5. thekillers1

    thekillers1 Lead commenter

    However, [a spokeswoman for the DfE] said the decision to do so will not “adversely affect” the pupils, as the school can provide teacher assessment data to show pupil progress in maths.'
    SchoolsWeek.co.uk, 14th August 2018.

    So the purpose of SATs...?
     
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  6. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    To ensure that Primary teachers are up to snuff and doing as they are bade and paid. Evidently some aren't and don't.
     
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  7. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    I don't think Ofsted is the sole problem.

    League tables are also an issue, and how they are interpreted by the media.

    It's also the misunderstanding of the statistics generated which exacerbates the problem: when SLT don't recognise that the smaller the sample size, the less reliable are any 'conclusions' which can be drawn from the data; when the expectation seems to be that all children progress in a linear fashion and at the same rate - and if they don't, it's the teacher's fault; when the only thing of value is something which can (apparently) be measured - bearing in mind the caveats above; when targets set for all children are 'aspirational' - i.e. above what would be expected; when all children are expected to be 'above average'.

    And when teachers' jobs & careers may depend on the test data being abused & misunderstood as above by those who have the power to hire & fire, then is it any wonder some cheat?
     
  8. thekillers1

    thekillers1 Lead commenter

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