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National curriculum assessments: key stage 2, 2016 (interim)

GOV.UK – Provisional headline information on the 2016 national curriculum assessments at key stage 2.

GOV.UK – New primary school tests show schools rising to the challenge.

See also England (KS1 and KS2 statutory assessment).

No evidence that academy status improves performance of primary pupils, new research concludes

TES News – NFER report finds no difference between academies and maintained schools at key stage 2.  Researchers from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) studied the association between academy status for primary and secondary schools and their pupils’ attainment in the 2015 key stage 2 tests and GCSE exams.

NFER – Analysis of Academy School Performance in 2015.

Pass mark for this year’s phonics test revealed

TES News – It’s 32 out of 40 for the fifth year running, DfE announces.

GOV.UK – Phonics screening check: 2016 materials.

See also Year 1 Phonics Screening Check.

Wilshaw: ‘Stop moaning about testing and bring back Sats for 14-year-olds’

TES – The head of Ofsted has warned against ‘moaning and whingeing’ about national tests, and called for the return of the exams for 14-year-olds, in a bid to stretch the most able students.

No room for manoeuvre on ‘essential’ national tests

TESS – Standardised assessments must be brought in, despite teachers’ qualms, John Swinney tells EIS conference.

The Scotsman – John Swinney tells teachers not to fear Scots test shake-up.

Petition over ‘unfair’ A-level biology exam gains thousands of signatures

TES – Pupils claim yesterday’s exam covered hardly any of the content they had studied.

Maths associations urge Nicky Morgan to think again over Year 7 resit tests

TES – An influential group of maths experts has warned Nicky Morgan against introducing Sats ‘resit tests’ in Year 7 for fear it will undermine pupils’ ‘confidence and mathematical understanding’.

Thousands sign petition to ditch Sats resits plan

TES News – Retesting Year 7 pupils would ‘reinforce a language of failure’ at a young age, warn online campaigners.  A petition against government plans to force children to resit their Sats tests at secondary school has attracted nearly 3,000 signatures.

Sats: DfE says similarities between reading paper and revision guide will not compromise the test

TES News – Themes in the revision guide and the real test were “broadly similar” but questions were different, claim officials.  The Department for Education has moved to quell concerns that the key stage 2 reading test may have been compromised by its similarity to a previously published revision guide.

Nearly 100 people accessed leaked Sats answers, minister says

The Guardian – Schools minister vows to track down person responsible for alerting media after answers to key stage 2 spelling and grammar test were posted online.

See also Sats test paper ‘leaked by rogue marker.

Sats test paper ‘leaked by rogue marker’

BBC News Education – A “rogue marker” leaked a test the day before it was taken on Tuesday by children aged 10 and 11 in England, the Department for Education has said.

TES News – Sats test leak investigation will ‘identify the culprit’, Nick Gibb tells MPs.

GOV.UK – Key stage 2 tests: oral statement.

GOV.UK – Statement from Jennifer Coupland, Standards and Testing Agency’s Chief Executive, about the key stage 2 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test.

See also Nearly 100 people accessed leaked Sats answers, minister says.

Students reduced to tears over ‘hardest’ tests

The Telegraph – Primary school children were left in tears after taking ‘one of the hardest’ tests teachers have ever seen.

Primary pupils ‘feel test pressure’ – survey

BBC News Education – Nearly 90% of 10- and 11-year old pupils in England feel pressure to do well in tests, a survey suggests.

Parents keep children off school in test protest

BBC News Education – Numbers of parents have kept their children off school for the day in a protest about primary tests in England.  More than 40,000 parents have signed a petition calling for a boycott of primary school tests, which are due to be taken later this month.

TES News – Parents are right to take their children out of school today, children’s authors say.

The Independent – SATs strike: Parents to take children out of school in protest over ‘stressful’ Year 2 exams.

The Telegraph – Kids’ strike: Parents, teachers and Government must stop exploiting children for political gain – tests are meant to be difficult.

The Telegraph – ‘Politicians have ignored teachers’ views on testing and pupils are paying the price’.


Union calls for review of ‘chaotic’ primary assessment

TES News – NAHT president Kim Johnson will call it the “hokey cokey” of assessment at the union’s conference today.

BBC News Education – Primary testing regime chaotic, say head teachers.