Controversial plan to test new primary school pupils

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Controversial plan to test new primary school pupils

Post by JIM CURRAN » Sun Mar 15, 2015 8:53 am

Controversial plan to test new primary school pupils infuriates teachers

A controversial form of testing for four- and five-year-olds – to be trialled in September before being rolled out nationally next year – is designed to give teachers an indication of what their pupils can manage when they start compulsory schooling.

They will also be used as a progress measure, charting how much individual schools have achieved for their pupils between starting school and taking the national curriculum tests in English and maths at the age of 11.

Critics of the baseline tests have accused ministers of “dragooning” young children into formal schooling far too early, while others say it has been tried before and discredited.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/educa ... 08792.html

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