At More Than A Score, we know that SATs do not give the full picture of pupils’ achievements, nor are they an effective way of measuring a school’s performance.
We’ve issued the following statement:
According to research by YouGov, a significant number of pupils think their individual SATs performance will directly impact their adult life, with almost one in four (23%) believing their results will help them to find a job in the future.
The research also reveals that 44% of children would be worried to sit SATs, a finding which underlines parents’ concerns about the current approach to assessment: 62% of parents believe that children go through too much testing at school.
This is particularly worrying given the limited focus of SATs. Year 6 pupils will now be looking forward to their summer holidays having spent at least two terms working on a narrow curriculum of English and Maths. At a time when their minds could have been stimulated and their knowledge expanded, their education has been sacrificed to a regime which is in thrall to league tables.
It’s another demonstration of a testing system which is not fit for purpose.
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