SATs are the formal assessments in English and mathematics of children's attainment at age 11 using externally-marked national tests set by a Government agency. Earlier assessments of children at age 7 are made and marked by their teachers.
Recently they were renamed National Curriculum Tests but the older name persists. Originally SATs stood for Standard Assessment Tasks but this was later changed to Standard Attainment Tests The results are communicated to parents for their own child, and to government as an average for each school. They are also used by Ofsted inspectors to help rate schools.
Recently they were renamed National Curriculum Tests but the older name persists. Originally SATs stood for Standard Assessment Tasks but this was later changed to Standard Attainment Tests
The results are communicated to parents for their own child, and to government as an average for each school. They are also used by Ofsted inspectors to help rate schools.
The results at age 11 are published as league tables in national and local newspapers.
A government website statement for parents says:
This may sound very positive – but read what some distinguished critics have said:
‘The research indicates that everything in year six drives towards the test, but in year seven they have forgotten what they learnt because the only purpose of learning was to pass the test.’ Keith Bartley, chief executive of the General Teaching Council, 2008
‘If Ofsted are saying that the nature of testing is affecting children’s education, when is this government going to admit that the game is up? My colleagues are saying almost universally that the emphasis has to be put back on teaching, instead of this fixation with targets and tests.’ Mick Brookes, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, 2008
It is clear from the newspaper evidence that there is tremendous and grave concern across the teaching profession and the research community about SATs. As other parts of this web-site show there is also much concern about Ofsted and, to a lesser extent, the national curriculum. Each has served its purpose in the past, but now, for the sake of effective education of the children in our schools, should be taken off the statute book.
The argument of this web-site is that while the formal assessments by teachers and the national tests at the end of Key Stage 2 put undesirable pressure on children, teachers, and parents, in contrast the informal assessments by teachers are essential for effective classroom learning and provide good and ample evidence for communications between teachers and parents on the progress of their children.
To read more about SATs click on the following.SATs Testing Originally was Valuable, but Government Moved the Goal-posts
Seven Alleged Government Arguments for SAT Assessment are Refuted Here
Transfer to Secondary Education in the Absence of SATs? Why Not Wait Till Teachers Assess Pupils as at Level Four in Maths and English?
What would happen if Sats were abandoned?
This page was last amended on 23 April 2010