SCHOOL EXPERTS CALL FOR FULL REVIEW OF “HAPHAZARD” ASSESSMENT
Commission on School Reform says both exams and coursework must have a role
The Commission on School Reform, the independent group of education experts set up by the think tank Reform Scotland, today calls for a full-scale public review of assessment in schools.
The Commission, which is composed of teachers and other education experts, believes that the two-year exam shutdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic gives Scotland an opportunity to consider properly, and for the first time in recent memory, how we assess achievement.
The Commission has identified merit in both examinations and coursework, but sees the need for the Scottish Qualifications Authority to set out the country’s principles when it comes to mixing assessment between both.
The report – which can be read below – calls for a review to cover:
- The purpose of assessment
- The role of external assessment to ensure equality of opportunity
- The complementary strengths of exams and coursework
- The value of anonymous marking of coursework
- The role of different types of assessment at different stages
- The role of educational technology
Notes to editors
- The report – Assessment and Equal Opportunities in Scottish Secondary Schools: the role of examinations and coursework – can be downloaded below.
- The Commission on School Reform was set up by Reform Scotland and the Centre of Scottish Public Policy. More information, including its membership, can be seen here.
- Reform Scotland is Scotland’s independent, non-partisan think tank, with a commitment to:
- Increasing prosperity
- A positive climate for entrepreneurs and innovators
- Reform and modernisation of public services
- Widening opportunity for all
- Compassion for those who slip through the cracks
- Greater courage and appetite for risk among policy-makers.
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