Department for Education rapped over use of Sats data; Doubts over phonics screening benefits; Parents in dark on test ‘maladministration’

Guardian Education – Does becoming an academy improve pupils’ Sats results? That is the implication of much of the debate coming from the Department for Education, as ministers seek to drive more primary schools, in particular, into academy status.  But is this argument statistically valid?

Ministers may need to rein in their oft-stated enthusiasm for the controversial phonics screening check for six-year-olds after a final official evaluation report found no evidence that it improved pupils’ overall literacy performance.

Why are official investigation reports into schools’ alleged “maladministration” of Sats tests not being published?

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