Category Archives: Testing

No Country for Young Creatives

   There are various ways to try and get your children to achieve the best possible results in their SATs tests, so that your school does well in league tables and avoids a data-related-forced-academisation-takeover disaster. You could trust that your … Continue reading

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Outside my Experience

Although you don’t have to have experienced something to understand it, experience helps a lot when it comes to avoiding misunderstandings. On today’s news there was a story about the Queen. She was overheard discussing a visiting Chinese delegation, and … Continue reading

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Jumping the Hurdles

When your babies are small, the thing you really can’t wait for them to do is to walk, because that means you don’t have to carry them anymore. The tiny baby bit is lovely, if you like that kind of … Continue reading

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Write by Numbers

“Co-ordination is used to balance noun phrases and clauses …” “Fronted subordinate clause foregrounds …” “Relative clause modifies the noun phrase …” “Modal verbs denote ability and possibility …” (From ‘Working at the Expected Standard: Leigh’ in the Teacher Assessment Exemplification … Continue reading

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The Widget Factory

“The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it is intended to monitor.” … Continue reading

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And If You Tolerate This

I spent today delving into the details of the approved providers for the Reception Baseline Test (and, no, I’m not going to call them ‘assessments’ like the DfE and the approved providers all do, because they are tests). Worryingly, three providers … Continue reading

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Informed Consent

Teacher: You’re going to do your baseline test now, Charlie. Charlie: Why? Teacher: Because we need data. Charlie: What’s data? Teacher: It’s something we can use to measure systems. To see if they are efficient. [There is a pause.] Teacher: Think of it … Continue reading

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Fair Test?

I know what I think about the standardised testing of tiny children, and it’s not pretty. However, if the ‘powers that be’ are determined to bring in a baseline test for children at the start of school, then it is … Continue reading

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