Rennie: End standardised assessment obsession

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called for an end to national standardised testing as Nicola Sturgeon opened up the door to a u-turn over the controversial testing policy at First Minister's Questions.

Speaking after First Minister's Questions, Mr Rennie said:

"The Scottish Government got rid of the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy because it showed years of decline and replaced it with tests on pupils as young as five.

"Now teachers and educational experts like the First Minister's own adviser Sir Harry Burns are queuing up to tell the SNP that this is the wrong approach. They're clear that these tests are detrimental to children and swallow up valuable teaching time.

"Today the First Minister inched open the door to reconsidering the Government's approach to standardised testing. She must seize this opportunity to change course and ditch her assessment obsession."

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