April 14, 2003
The usual story

I have a longer posting to put up Real Soon Now, but I don't want to rush it, so in the meantime here's a quicky, in the form of news that a private sector in examinations may be nearer than most people think.

The public examination and testing system in England and Wales is under such strain that it is close to breakdown, according to a report from MPs due to be published today.

Youngsters also suffer unacceptable pressures from constant testing, according to the investigation into A-level standards which will be released by the influential Commons education committee.

The report urges ministers not to introduce changes to the secondary school exam system for change's sake, and to proceed warily with plans to replace A-levels with the more challenging baccalaureate exam.

It wants schools to do more internal testing themselves in more informal situations, and warns that the shortage of markers this year is likely to be a major problem despite moves to improve the situation, such as giving teachers time off school to mark.

Etcetera etcetera. As other bloggers with lives to get on with say: read all of it.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 11:01 PM
Category: Examinations and qualifications
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