The TES reports that worrying results revealed by Tes freedom of information requests lead to warnings that teachers will struggle to consistently assess KS2 pupils writing.
Two-thirds of moderators trained for this summer incorrectly assessed pupils’ work when tested earlier this year, results obtained through freedom of information (FOI) requests reveal.
Moderators have described the system as “crude”, “ridiculous” and a “farce”.
Teachers fear the problems will mean more chaos. They point out that if moderators who have been given extra training and guidance are unsure where standards are, then the teachers who will be the final assessors of most pupils’ work do not stand a chance.
Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL teaching union said, “We know moderation of writing was a complete nightmare last year. The moderation arrangements were chaotic. It’s still not sorted. If [the Standards and Testing Agency] can’t guarantee consistency, why are we spending these millions of pounds and having all this stress, for writing scores that in all probability won’t be accurate?”
Meanwhile, Ofsted has said that it will treat data from this year’s writing assessments with caution.But schools are concerned that results from the writing assessments will be recorded as public records of their performance, despite the ongoing confusion over where standards should be set.
“Writing data is still published,” said Brian Walton, headteacher of Brookside Academy in Street, Somerset. “The pressure is huge. [The scores] are on Raise online, on my website, everywhere. Anybody who comes in, this is the first thing they see. I have to explain the situation and look like I’m making excuses. I’m not, that is the reality.”
If a trained moderators can’t assess KS2 papers correctly, what does it mean for the teachers who have not done the training? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~Tamsin
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