The TES is reporting that the government has begun a major, proactive investigation into cheating by schools in national tests.
Key stage 2 Sats papers from 400 primaries have been called in by the Standards and Testing Agency (STA), part of the Department for Education.
Officials are conducting a “detailed review” of the completed test scripts from May this year to determine whether they contain “answers which were not from a pupil’s own independent work”.
News of the investigation, which emerged through a TES Freedom of Information request, comes as concerns persist about significant numbers of schools cheating in the high-stakes tests – where poor results can cost teachers their jobs…
But headteachers say the investigation shows that “ministers really don’t trust teachers” and argue that rates of cheating in schools are low.
See more in the 6th November edition of TES or in the digital edition (which is free for one week only)
There seems to be a very strange attitude amongst heads where any suggestion that cheating might be an issue in the system is reacted to with resentment rather than anger that it is happening.
Surely all the schools not cheating would want it stamped out in those schools where it is happening (and we know for a fact that it is happening in some)?
More importantly, any schools putting pressure on their staff to cheat must surely be prevented from doing this (and we know this is happening in some too)?
Wouldn’t it make more sense for unions, leaders and teachers to unequivocally state they will not tolerate cheating and will support measures to stop it? Currently that message never really seems to come across.
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