School’s test results are annulled but no details revealed to parents

The Loughborough Echo is reporting that a Standards Testing Agency investigation has annulled test results at a local shool – Cossington C of E Primary School – but no details behind the decision have been revealed….

The Standards Testing Agency (STA) – a Government agency who set the tests to assess children in education from early years to the end of Key Stage Two – has annulled children’s tests in maths and English under “maladministration”.

It has not been revealed what has happened at the school, but the head teacher says that an investigation is now being carried out by the governors. The agency says that the term maladministration refers to any act that affects the integrity, security or confidentiality of the national curriculum assessments and could lead to results and/or outcomes that do not reflect children’s unaided work or actual abilities.

A spokesman for the agency told the Echo: “Any instances of maladministration of the tests are completely unacceptable.

“Following an investigation at Cossington C of E Primary School, the decision was made to annul the Key Stage Two mental mathematics test and spelling national curriculum test results.

“As a result children will not receive overall levels for the mathematics or grammar, punctuation and spelling tests.”

STA says it does not apportion blame for maladministration or take part in any disciplinary procedures relating to it.

The agency says that children will not be asked to re-sit the tests and their progress will now be based on teacher assessments…

A parent, who did not wish to be named, told the Echo: “It has taken this long, July to November, to finally be told that the results are annulled.

“All the children worked extremely hard throughout their final year at the school towards their SATS which the school emphasised as being very important.

“We would like more information about why the examination papers were investigated, why the results were annulled and why the school was not more transparent with parents about what was going on.”…

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Ok – I know I keep banging on about this – but how on earth can this happen and the reasons be withheld from parents? What is it about schools that means they seem to think they can keep issues secret from the parents who are entrusting care of their children to them? I happen to think it is counterproductive, but I am certain it is wrong. You? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…


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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove This is not unforgivable but unacceptable for reasons not to be shared. A governors’ investigation will not reassure anyone

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Behaviour like this makes the general public even more suspicious of school practises. Terrible PR

  3. Janet2

    SATs are only ‘important’ for schools not for the children taking them.  Parents are right to be angry that their school has attached so much importance to Sats that time is spent on preparation only for the results to be annulled.

    Time for SATs to be abolished.

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