Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveils tests plan for schools
1 September 2015
From the section Scotland politics
A new system of national testing is to be introduced in Scotland’s primary schools, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.
Ms Sturgeon said improving school attainment was the most important goal of her new programme for government.
She told MSPs at Holyrood that the new tests would be brought in for pupils in primaries one, four and seven and S3.
Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie warned that the move could lead to a return to school league tables.
Scotland’s largest teaching union, the EIS, and the local authority group Cosla also warned that the information from the national tests could be used to compile league tables.
They said this could put extra pressure on pupils and teachers and “lead to inaccurate and unfair comparisons between schools”.
Ms Sturgeon said she did not want to create “crude league tables” but that more information needed to be made available about performance in primary and lower secondary school in order to close the attainment gap between rich and poor.
Source:: BBC UK