Scepticism about aim of reading and numeracy tests

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A majority of teachers in Wales are sceptical about the purpose of new national reading and numeracy tests, a survey by a teaching union has found.

More than 60 per cent of teachers surveyed believe that the Welsh government is far more concerned with assessing school performance than with informing subsequent teaching or tracking pupil progress.

Around the same number feel that the tests are not fit-for-purpose. 

The survey was carried out by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) Cymru to see what impact the new tests – for all learners in years 2 to 9 – were having on teaching and learning. The union says the results show that more work needs to be done before the tests are accepted as an unquestionable help to classroom practice.

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