Assessment, Standards and the Bell Curve

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After announcements about new proposals for KS2 assessment, the issues around relative and absolute standards are getting a working over.  Director of The Institute of Education, Chris Husbands, has written a thoughtful blog on some of the issues.  I’ve had personal reasons to engage recently as the parent of a Year 6 student who has just received his SATs results.  The playground and school gate are buzzing with ‘who got what?’

My feeling is this.  Firstly we need to hold on to the notion a broad education where only certain aspects can be assessed.  We need to give value to the learning experience in all its diverse glory, going far far beyond what can be measured in tests.  There are ways of doing this… but that’s another post.  However, at the same time, we need to recognise that formal assessment is an important element in the big picture. Here…

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