Testing times demand a grown-up debate about measuring P1 progress

ANOTHER week, another session of FMQs dominated by the thorny issues of data-gathering about the performance of Scotland’s school pupils. Ruth Davidson is unhappy that parents are being denied information they were promised about the curriculum taught in their local schools and the performance of pupils attending them – or, as she tellingly puts it, “the performance of schools”.

Nicola Sturgeon responds that the Tory leader’s hypocrisy is “breathtaking”, given she is now loudly calling for the scrapping of the very assessments her party once strongly endorsed.

But beyond the Punch and Judy show of the Holyrood chamber a far more nuanced discussion is being had…

Read the rest of this column at thenational.scot

Published in The National on September 14 2018.

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