BBC NEWS | Education | Are school tests on their way out?
Something extraordinary seems to be happening to school tests in England.
It could be the most radical change since the tests began in the early 1990s, when they were still called Sats.
Yet this is a “softly, softly” revolution. The tests appear to be on their way out, at least in the form we know them today. But ministers do not want to give the impression they are easing up on accountability.
Meanwhile others keep letting the cat out of the bag. This week it was the turn of the head of the examinations watchdog, Ken Boston.
He suggested that national tests for all pupils could be phased out within three years and replaced by a test taken by just a small sample of pupils, sufficient to give a national picture of education standards.