National testing review a “blatant spin document”

Responding to the publication of the Scottish National Standardised Assessments User Review Year 1, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP commented:

“Parents and teacher will be horrified at this blatant spin document from ministers. The report makes it clear right from the start that ministers will carry on regardless.

“Page after page backs up our concerns that some children have been unable to manage the technology to take the tests. Schools have had to use senior pupils and staff to sit in with younger children. Teachers are questioning the value of the tests.

“Despite all the concerns,  the government’s solution is to ask the same test questions but in a different order.

“These tests for P1 children have been shown up as time-consuming, confusing and of limited value. The SNP are carrying on regardless. We say they should stop the P1 tests. We want a vote at Holyrood to force ministers to see the sense in halting them.

“Young children in Scotland deserve better than being treated as another experiment for ministers.”

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