October 24 2008

KS3 SATS scrapped

Last week, Ed Balls announced the scrapping of SATS for key stage 3 students, which will be replaced by classroom based assessment.

Hopefully decreasing the assessment burden on both students and teachers will allow for greater learner voice and increased opportunities for personalized learning in the early years of secondary school. Perhaps it will also result in more informal learning techniques being used in classrooms for 11-14 year olds… As Dan Sutch pointed out at Education Unbound, assessment is currently one of the most significant barriers to teacher-led innovation in schools.

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