SNP ‘at odds’ with union over new national tests

The Courier is reporting that Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson referred to a publication from the Educational Institute of Scotland in which they claimed victory in diluting Scottish Government plans for the standardised assessments.

Nicola Sturgeon said there had not been any change to the way results would be broken down to school level and released. The assessments for P1, P4, P7 and S3 pupils are designed to provide comparable performance data, which the Government says offers a vital tool for reducing the attainment gap.

But there have been fears the national tests pave the way for high-stakes testing and the publication of league tables.

In the inaugural First Minster’s Questions of the parliament, Ms Davidson said the EIS now claims to have “forced changes” so that “standardised test scores will not be collected or published”. She said that puts the SNP “at odds” with the largest teachers’ union in the country.

“The First Minister said that publishing more information and more data was vital if we are to improve our schools, but it now appears that she has backed off from her original plans. Why has she not stuck by them?” Ms Davidson said.

The SNP leader insisted data will be published on a school-by-school basis, which will reveal what percentage of students in each institution reach the required standard.

“That has not changed. That remains the case now in the way that it was when I published the National Improvement Framework,” she said.

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  1. Nairb1

    ‘ Why has she not stuck by them?” Ms Davidson said.’
    Maybe she’s actually listened and reflected on the damage inflicted on England’s school by high stakes simplistic testing and pointless, but damaging, league tables.

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