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NUT calls for SATs to be suspended after widespread criticism of new assessment system

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

  2. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    The NUTs are not making their point very well - because they are making themselves look really stupid.

    The government will tell them it's impossible for them to suspend SATs as the American tests for university entrance are none of their business.

    Do the NUTs really not know that they are using idle and ignorant slang - with an inappropriate spelling to boot?
  3. Mrso2510

    Mrso2510 New commenter

    I have just heard from an old colleague that he'd been on some sort of interim training and was told that if the teacher assessment was given as a three and the test for either maths and reading was a two - then the lower score would be given. Is this true? Can anyone else confirm if they have heard this?
  4. redlamp2

    redlamp2 Occasional commenter

    It's long overdue that the unions showed some backbone. Hopefully this time they'll place the focus on the interests of students rather than what the Government can easily suggest are the self interests of teachers - just basic political common sense.
  5. ricjamclick

    ricjamclick New commenter

    Nobody ever improved by being measured. All primary school assessment of this type should be abandoned and replaced with teacher assessment. Of course whilst teachers' assessment is also a matter for performance management etc. this measure will also be unreliable. Logically, you have to completely shift the DfE departmental culture first.

    The outcome? We won't be able to get anything useful out of all this until there is a government prepared to 1) Trust the teachers 2) Train the teachers so that their assessing ability is more standardised 3) End the atomisation of schools and school league tables so that teachers don't have internal pressures to massage their assessments from middle managers 4) Put decent, anti-competative pay structures in place that alongside decent ongoing CPD. It'll take a while, and that's once there is a decent government.
  6. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Best post I've read here in a long time.

    I share your vision, but I doubt many with the power to implement it do.
  7. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Sadly, this will come across as work-shy trots blocking reform.

    We need to give a positive alternative, but we have a government immune to reasoned argument, so it will only changed after it's failed. However the failure will still be ascribed to the work-shy trots.
  8. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    'If schools follow the government’s guidance, a teacher of a Year 6 class has to make 34 separate assessments, for each pupil, for six different types of writing. So, a teacher with a class of 30 pupils will have to make 1,020 separate assessments for each type of writing, and that number needs to be multiplied by six (one for each type of writing) – making a grand total of 6,120 assessments. And that is just for writing.'

    Why would anyone want to teach in Y6 now?
  9. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    Isn't this a bit of a contradiction. How do you assess as a teacher without some form of measurement?
  10. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

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