Tuesday, 5 August 2008

SATS Results Don't Add Up

Provisional SATS results published today show a further small rise in England’s primary school attainments in English and maths, but a row has broken out with teachers claiming that problems with the quality of marking cast doubt on the figures.

“If it takes one thousand markers five weeks to accurately mark all the test results,” asked one head teacher, “What percentage of the papers will actually be marked in eight weeks, if the number of markers is only five hundred?”

Schools Secretary Ed Balls claimed the answer was 99%. His parents have been urged to enrol him in remedial classes over the summer.

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