SecEd series: A school system that drives social justice
Here are three ways the assessment system in England sets children up to fail:
We also know this: Schools in England are ranked by public, high-stakes, standardised test outcomes. These tests are administered throughout primary and secondary and dominate student and teacher actions at key times; they also profoundly affect the curriculum.
The nature and scope of standardised assessment is my focus here and it is worth noting that we have a wider compulsory national assessment regime than most other countries:
This is considerably more than other European countries and at odds with some of the highest performing international education systems. Countries such as Finland leave high-stakes compulsory testing until the age of 17/18, at the end of compulsory education. (Sahlberg, 2015).
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