British school children could be guinea pigs for controversial new tests despite other nations rejecting them

The Telegraph is reporting that British school children could be used to trial new tests which have previously been rejected by other countries.

British school children could be guinea pigs for controversial new tests for five-year-olds, despite other nations rejecting the trials. 

The move is disclosed in a contract document published quietly earlier this month by the Department for Education (DfE).

The tablet-based tests,  which will be run by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) from next year, are understood to have been rejected by Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Belgium.

Peter Moss, emeritus professor of early years education at University College London’s Institute of Education, said there was concern that the new OECD tests could create pressure on teachers to narrow the curriculum to what was tested, as ministers emphasised the importance of its results.

He said: “The big fear is that it’s going to reduce the diversity and creativity of approaches to early childhood development, as countries pursue better results in these tests. A lot of people in early years are concerned about that.”

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