Scott: Latest report oblivious to verdict on P1 tests

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP today said a new report by the organisation delivering the Scottish Government’s national tests is “completely oblivious” to the verdict on the policy and practicalities of testing four and five-year-olds.

The report by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) provides “a summary of outcomes at a national level on the newly established system of national standardised assessments”.

Mr Scott commented:

“This report is completely oblivious to what teachers are telling the Scottish Government about their policy and practicalities of testing four and five-year-olds.

“Teachers and the EIS say national testing of P1s adds nothing to their knowledge of a child’s progress. The report simply underlines this, as somehow in over 100 pages it manages to provide no new information for teachers.

“The results can’t be reliable or consistent when some P1 children were left to their own devices while others did them with older buddies or one-on-one with a teacher. And what is missing is that P1 teachers say they had to put learning on hold for weeks on end to conduct these pointless tests.

“The Education Secretary must stop being openly hostile to the instruction and vote of MSPs to halt P1 testing.

“They must be halted immediately in line with the demands of teachers and the will of the Parliament.”

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