Why we need a national conversation about assessment

As we emerge from the pandemic, we owe young people a national conversation to review how we assess them, writes Jo-Anne Baird. “Only having end-of-course exams left the system vulnerable during the pandemic. Pupils’, parents’ and teachers’ concerns for equity, transparency and access should be heeded as we look to the future.” continue reading @: schoolsweek.co.uk

England’s school assessment system favours the sharp-elbowed and the wealthy

This week, a Tes survey to which more than 2,800 teachers responded found that one in four had experienced parents pressuring them to raise grades – including threats of legal action if their little darlings didn’t get what they needed, and parents who happened to be solicitors emailing in pointedly from work addresses. Things seemed particularly intense in private schools, where families may have imagined their fees were buying them A*s. Read more in The Guardian

Scottish Qualifications Authority to be scrapped after OECD review

The Scottish Qualifications Authority is to be replaced as part of a “substantial” overhaul of education, following an independent review.The government said changes would be made in response to the OECD’s report on the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). It backed the curriculum as a whole but said there was too much focus on exams in later years of schooling. The exams body is to be broken up and replaced, with pupils, parents and teachers to be consulted on changes. Source: BBC News

CBSE 12th Board Exams 2021 Live Updates

Will CBSE Cancel 12th Exams 2021? When would UP Board Exams be conducted? Maharashtra HSC, ISC Exams to be conducted or not? What are the new exam dates for JEE Main 2021 and NEET 2021? Government has called for a high level meeting of all state education ministers to discuss the pending 12th Board Exams as well as the entrance exams for various professional courses. Check live updates. Source: Timesnownews.com

A Test for the Test Makers

College Board and ACT move to grow and diversify as the pandemic fuels test-optional admissions trend. Test-optional and test-blind admissions policies accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic would appear to imperil College Board’s SAT college-entrance exam, the rival ACT, and their respective parent organizations. This state of affairs follows years of complaints that the exams favor the affluent. Read more at: Education Next

New York cancels August Regents exams, outlines plan for June

New York State announced Monday it is canceling the August 2021 administration of Regents exams for high school students, as part of efforts to allow exemptions of its graduation requirements amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The state Board of Regents acted on a series of emergency regulations to allow exemptions to diploma requirements for high school students associated with the June and August Regents exam administrations. More on: slive.com  

Assessment of England pupils sitting exams in 2022 likely to be adapted 

Assessments of pupils in England due to sit GCSE and A-level examinations in summer 2022 are likely to be adapted to take into account the disruption to their studies caused by the pandemic, MPs have been told. The measures would be similar to those prepared for exams this summer, before they were cancelled for the second year running, and show the government acknowledging the long-term consequences of Covid on later cohorts of pupils. The acting chief regulator of Ofqual, Simon Lebus, told MPs on the Commons education committee the process of recovering learning lost as a result of the the…
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