Writing test axed in SATS shake-up

19 July, 2011

Writing test discontinued in SATS shake-up

The current SATS writing test is to be axed in favour of writing assessments being conducted throughout the year

Parents may be pleased to hear that there will be a shake-up in the way reading levels are assessed in schools.

Ministers have confirmed that the current SATS writing test is to be axed in favour of writing assessments being conducted throughout the year.

The current system has been viewed as controversial, with a recent survey revealing that almost 2,000 headteachers have reported problems with this year’s SATS tests.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) conducted the study, which raised concerns over poor marking potentially letting pupils down.

A total of 1,689 members were questioned, with more than a third stating that marking problems are “severe” or “outrageous”.

In June, an independent review of the national curriculum tests was published which recommended a change to the system.

Teaching unions are against the exams, which are sat by pupils at the end of primary school, with the writing paper in particular facing strong opposition.

The paper, which is part of the English test, is hard to mark, those in education jobs have claimed, because the answers are open to interpretation.

Around 93.1% of respondents of the NAHT survey said they had problems marking this year’s writing test.