Yesterday, as the election of a massive pro-Indy majority looms for BBC Scotland, it was the Institute for Fiscal Studies, funded by a group led by Douglas Alexander, telling us that Scotland spent too much to survive.
Today, it’s the teacher assessment, they championed last year, as a fair alternative to the SQA’s brutal algorithm, taking away our children’s life chances then, now imposing ‘exams by another name’ to get the evidence for that teacher assessment. Damned in headlines if they don’t, damned if they do?
What’s their evidence? Same as last time. A pupil petition which 4 340 had signed this morning. Wow? Nope. There are around 300 000 secondary school pupils in Scotland. Anyone can sign the petition – parents big brothers, sisters, wee brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents…..BBC staff?
‘Analysis’ by BBC Scotland’s Lucy Whyte is typically partial:
However, the perception of unfairness might be one which is hard to shake. Teachers have been given guidance on how to come up with pupils’ estimated grades, but they have also been given some flexibility. It means that the experiences of young people in schools across the country could be totally different, the very situation everyone was hoping to avoid. The authorities will say that “quality assurance checks” will make up for this.
Finally, maybe we do need testing and QA checks? Look at the petition opening:
Today i am writing for the urge for the SQA to reconsider the act of the final grade of students in 2021. “Final assessment” is just a mockery of the word, it’s where students like myself need to do an exam in classrooms where our final grade will be judged apon, bare in mind we were only in school for less than 4 months, most of us less with the isolation.
Am I being unfare?