Anger grows over plans for school tests in Scotland

The Herald Scotland is reporting that teachers have warned plans for national tests for Scottish pupils will fail to close the attainment gap between rich and poor.

The country’s largest teaching union also said the controversial proposals would increase school bureaucracy and workload…

Following a meeting of EIS executive members at the weekend the union “re-affirmed” its opposition to national testing – just days after the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association said it could take industrial action.

Larry Flanagan, EIS general secretary, said: “The executive was emphatic in restating its long held opposition to national testing which it believes will have a profoundly negative impact on Scottish education, entrench inequalities in our schools, and reverse the progress made.

“While the Scottish Government has been very careful to state its plans would not mean a return to the failed testing regime of the past, it is clear Scotland’s teachers are not convinced.

“The EIS shares the First Minister’s desire to close the attainment gap, but we are certain the introduction of a national system of standardised assessment is not the answer.”

Mr Flanagan said the move appeared to be driven by a desire on the part of Scottish Government to “take control of education” nationally rather than allow local authorities to be responsible for delivery…

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