I’m against formal testing in Primary schools and especially in the early stages. The ‘assessments‘ can be built into everyday learning and used as diagnostic evidence by the teacher to improve the pupil’s ability to learn.
Teachers have done this kind of thing on a daily basis for decades now but mostly using their own assessments or perhaps something standardised in the school or by education authority advisers or in a published scheme. These Scottish Government centrally issued assessment materials are no different other than that they enable schools across the country to standardise with the best tools in the interests of pupil learning and in providing more reliable feedback to colleagues and to parents.
Note, the decisions on using and how to use the materials have been devolved to teachers in collaboration with head teachers. The word ‘test’ need not, should not, be used with pupils or parents. Try ‘formative assessment’ because that’s what it is.
It’s easy. I used to do it so it must be:
Tuesday morning, 09:27 at my desk after explaining something one-to-one, I say:
‘Tommy, that’s great. I think you’re getting it. Try these examples for me. See if you can get them done before playtime.‘
What does the Herald and its source think is happening? This?
‘Thomas, pay attention! Join the ‘D Group’ in the corner here. I have a very important TEST for you. The Depute First Minister wants to know if you can do these. You have 30 minutes precisely. No cheating!
What, ‘One primary head teacher told the Herald they were of great concern?‘
Career change called for?