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National testing to be introduced in Scots schools

The Scotsman – A system of national testing is to be introduced in primary schools as part of a drive for greater educational equality in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

BBC News Education – Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveils tests plan for schools.

National curriculum assessments: key stage 2, 2015 (provisional)

GOV.UK – Provisional information on the 2015 national curriculum assessments at key stage 2 in England.

GOV.UK – Press release: Key stage 2 results show substantial increases in the number of 11-year-olds securing skills needed for secondary school compared to 2010.

TES News – Sats results: Scores up as ministers launch ‘crackdown’ on low-performing areas.

The Telegraph – Calculator ban ‘has improved children’s numeracy skills’, ministers claim.

BBC News Education – Primary pupils’ results edge upwards.

Guardian Education – Further gains for maths and literacy results in Sats exam.

Results for National Courses and Awards 2015

SQA – The Scottish Qualifications Authority today (Tuesday 4 August 2015) announces the results for National Courses and Awards 2015.

The Scotsman – Pupils sitting the new Higher maths exam had the pass mark lowered to 33.8 per cent, it has emerged.  Data released by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) revealed the percentage required to achieve a C grade at the new Higher maths was almost 10 per cent lower than the 43 per cent required to pass the old version this year.

BBC News Education – ‘Too hard’ Higher Maths exam pass mark dropped to 34%.

Schools don’t seem able to give up levels, leaked report finds

TES News – Schools are recreating the old system of assessing pupils by national curriculum levels, a leaked draft of a government-commissioned report on assessment has found.

Guardian Education – Leaked ‘levels’ report reveals testing concerns.

See also – Commission on Assessment Without Levels – July 2015 update.

Commission on Assessment Without Levels – July 2015 update

GOV.UK – Commission on Assessment Without Levels: The commission has completed its final report and the government is considering its official response. We’ll publish both the report and the government response when schools return from the summer break in September 2015.

See also – Schools don’t seem able to give up levels, leaked report finds.

Special needs expert to head new assessment review

GOV.UK – The executive headteacher of a leading special needs school will oversee a new review into how to assess accurately pupils with lower attainment, Schools Minister Nick Gibb announced today (13 July 2015).

TES News – New review of assessment for low-attaining pupils set up.

Ofsted fears baseline assessments for four-year-olds will hurt the most disadvantaged

TES News – A new Ofsted report has cast fresh doubts on the wisdom of the government’s controversial new “baseline” assessments for four-year-olds.

GOV.UK – The report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2015: Early years.

Hundreds of ‘coasting’ schools to be transformed

GOV.UK – Government sets out the definition of a ‘coasting’ school.

National tests could return for infant pupils

TES News – Government considers plans to replace teacher assessment of KS1.

New era for Ofsted inspection

GOV.UK – Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector confirms the biggest changes to education inspection for more than 2 decades.

New Ofsted Inspection Framework and Handbook

Ofsted – The common inspection framework: education, skills and early years (with effect from September 2015).

Ofsted – School inspection handbook (with effect from September 2015).

Pupils could be given ‘wrong’ marks for Sats

TES News – Pupils are at risk of receiving unfair and incorrect marks for their Sats exams this summer because of problems caused by the introduction of an online marking system, whistle-blowers have told TES.

Schools face downgrade under plans to target academic GCSEs

Guardian Education – The education secretary, Nicky Morgan, will this week announce plans to push pupils towards studying more academic GCSE qualifications by threatening to downgrade schools that fail to enrol pupils in the government’s English baccalaureate suite of subjects.

BBC News Education – Traditional GCSE subjects for all pupils.

Scotland to remain free of national primary testing

TES News – Fears that national testing might be reintroduced to Scottish primary schools have been allayed.

Missing Talent

The Sutton Trust – Every year there are high achievers at primary school, pupils scoring in the top 10% nationally in their Key Stage 2 (KS2) tests, yet who five years later receive a set of GCSE results that place them outside the top 25% of pupils.

TES News – One in three clever, poor boys fall behind at GCSE, research finds.