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Sats are a sign of the all-pervasive accountability culture in schools

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, May 15, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Rightly or wrongly Sats and other tests are routinely used to judge a school’s success. As the stakes and pressure for schools to do well increase the weight of this burden inevitably falls on the teachers, but is the testing regime the only way to carry out some form of accountability?

    ‘Accountability. It’s a loaded word in education. And within the Sats debate, it seems to have become conflated with what schools are doing on behalf of Ofsted/the Department for education, rather than for the greater good of the children and the communities within which they function…

    It was even acknowledged within the political sphere – the Commons Children, Schools and Families Select Committee published a report which explicitly stated that “school accountability should be separated from this system of pupil testing”.

    Clearly, this kind of high-stakes accountability regarding Sats (or indeed any exam results that are published and utilised as a measure of a school’s "success") has been brewing for some time.’
    Caiti Walter is the secondary teacher and deputy head of department in a large inner-London state school.


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