SATS Tests scrapped for 14-year-olds

  peter99co 21:34 14 Oct 08

They say it is not a U turn what do you think?

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Many have welcomed this news of scrapping Key Stage 3 tests.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 22:30 14 Oct 08

Let's get rid of objective assessment as this is never done in life after school. I feel that this country is becoming more like a Brian Rix farce every day.


  anchor 12:23 15 Oct 08

No student likes exams; (I see this as a part-time examiner at a local university). However, they are something that has to be faced if we are to progress in life.

I cannot comment on the value of SATS, but I suspect that the scrapping of them may have something to do with the fact it may show up the shortcomings of teachers.

Having a test at 14 would give time for corrections to be made, before the important GCSE exams 2 years later.

  John B 19:15 15 Oct 08

If the tests exposed the shortcomings of teachers I very much doubt that SATs would be scrapped.

Teachers and head teachers have been calling for an end to this form of assessment for years and as a taxpayer I welcome the reduction in the money being wasted on these tests and prefer to trust the professionals to get on and do the job they're paid to do.

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