Maths SAT results at ‘outstanding’ academy annulled
STA investigated St Matthew’s CofE, Hillingdon, for ‘maladministration'
The Standards and Testing Agency has annulled maths SAT results for St Matthew’s CofE Primary School, Hillingdon, following an investigation into alleged ‘maladministration’, Schools Week reports.
The school was judged ‘outstanding’ in October 2009 before converting to an academy with Frays Academy Trust in February 2013. As an outstanding school, its Ofsted judgement was carried forward. Concerns have been expressed about the increasing number of schools which haven’t been inspected for more than eight years.
Second school to have had SAT results quashed
This is the second school to have had SAT results annulled. The first was Harris Academy Philip Lane (formerly Downhills), a finding which has rather tarnished Harris’s reputation.
The real culprit is the excessive emphasis on test results
England is almost unique in having high-stakes tests at the end of primary school. They are used solely to rank schools. This puts pressure on schools to have good exam results. But this brings a temptation to ‘over-aid’ pupils or maladminister the tests (aka cheating).
Such dishonesty could be stopped by dropping these unnecessary tests. Their lack of real worth is demonstrated by the number of secondary schools who set their own tests when pupils arrive in Year Seven, such is the distrust in the validity of SAT marks.
SATs have no educational value, distort the curriculum and lower educational quality. They should be scrapped.