AQE says single test ‘would take three years to develop’

The BBC is reporting that the chief executive of the Association of Quality Education (AQE) has said a single transfer test will not be possible for “at least three years”.

Last week, Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster said she thought that a single test for secondary schools could be developed this year. However, Mr Stephen Connolly said that would be “impossible.”

There are two testing systems – GL Assessment exams are mostly used by Catholic schools, while AQE exams are mostly used by controlled schools. Attempts by AQE and the Post-Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC), which runs the GL tests, to create a common transfer test have so far failed.

The two bodies have not been able to find agreement on how the test should be paid for and what format it should take. Mr Connolly said that, even if those differences could be overcome, it would take at least three years to create a common test.

“If we work hard to reach agreement on those important issues, particularly the issue of funding, then we’ve got to put together a test which is agreeable to both of us,” he said.

“Then we’re going to have to trial it in some way, provide past papers, give information to schools.

“Two years would be too tight a timetable, so I think we’re looking at least – and I stress at least – three years.

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  1. thiskidsthinkin

    There is one benefit to the AEQ test over the GL, in that it is over 3 weeks, and if you are sick one day, or having a really bad day, the other 2 should make up for it as it is best of 3. It isn’t compulsory though. My 10 year old isn’t doing it as both secondary and grammar schools follow the same curriculum to GCSE level anyway. After that, if she wants to do more academic A-Levels (assuming they still do A-Level in 6 years time), she can go to a grammar and do it.

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