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They are children not robots: baseline research

Earlier blog posts on baseline assessment have focused heavily on the damage done by false predictions of children’s potential. This post looks at another consequence – how testing is changing children, education and teachers. *   *   * In a book … Continue reading

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The delusions of baseline testing

This post updates our earlier analysis of baseline testing, following a successful Freedom of Information request. It is clear that baseline tests are likely to make correct predictions of a child’s later achievement in about 4 cases out of every 10. … Continue reading

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A few anomalies? No, baseline is flawed from start to finish

In the pilot year of baseline assessment, the most popular provider Early Excellence has already had to apologise to its 12,000 schools for faulty scores resulting from “a few anomalies” (see Schools Week). Even this apology is economical with the … Continue reading

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Baseline testing: science or fantasy?

There’s nothing hidden in your head The Sorting Hat can’t see, So try me on and I will tell you Where you ought to be. The new Baseline Assessments are a new model of Sorting Hat imposed by the government on … Continue reading

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