Unlike in the US, government officials in Great Britain want to reduce the amount of standardized testing students in that country go through.
Senior officials at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority are concerned about the dominant influence of external exams and tests on schools.
The regulator has suggested that teachers could have a bigger role in assessing their pupils’ work, with less emphasis on external testing.
Teachers have warned that the last year of primary school has become a “boot camp” for 11-year-olds who are drilled to get good results in national tests in order to boost their school’s place in league tables.
A pilot plan calls for testing students “as soon as they are ready, rather than only at the fixed ages of seven, 11 and 14”.
Teachers having a bigger role in student assessment and testing kids when they’re ready instead of when the government says they’re ready.
Is that something we could import?