We have known for a while that Sats – or statutory assessments – are there to provide the government with metrics about schools, and have very little to do with children’s learning. But there are better ways to do so than through Sats. Yes, we need to assess children’s learning to ensure they are progressing. But there are several problems with Sats that constantly and regularly rear their ugly heads.
Firstly, there are many better ways to assess children’s learning than testing. I wrote some time ago about some of the alternative ways we can track pupil progress without testing. There is also