Sats are no better than teachers at predicting pupil’s GCSE and A-Level results, a study has found.
Researchers from King’s College London (KCL) say their findings call into question the benefits of standardised exams.
The study, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, found teacher assessments at age 7, 11 and 14 were just as effective as using Sats results to predict pupils’ subsequent exam success.
We would rather hope that professionals who dealt with the children for a year would be able to predict results. So, why the surprise? The idea that teachers actually know anything?