More School Tests Set to Be Scrapped
Byline: TOM BODDEN
EDUCATION Minister Jane Davidson yesterday paved the way to scrap school tests for 11 and 14-year-olds inWales.
A review of the existing statutory testing (SATs)begins almost immediately and will be completed early next year.
It is unlikely the outcome of the review will affect next year's tests, which will probably go ahead in their present form.
The announcement was welcomed by teaching unions opposed to the bureaucracy and added stress of testing on pupils and teachers.
Ms Davidson has already ended the SATs for seven-year-olds inWales.
She said yesterday: ``I am especially concerned that parents and pupils should be given genuine opportunity to have their voices and concerns heard.''
Consultation with stakeholders, employers, unions,local education authorities and others would be part of the process, she said.
Prof Richard Daugherty of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, was appointed to chair the review group.
It will look at the suitability of the current tests, methods of assessment, the use of test results, and the impact of existing or future arrangements on the transition of pupils from primary to secondary school. …