Baseline assessment

In April, the British Educational Research Association (BERA) set up an independent expert review panel to evaluate the research evidence for Reception Baseline Assessment. The review body this week published its report, and arrived at conclusions which we think will be of concern to all heads, teachers and support staff.
BERA’s expert panel has demonstrated that the Government’s case for Baseline assessment is completely flawed, and is built on wishful thinking, not evidence. The DfE will spend nearly £10 million on introducing tests of four- and five-year olds which cannot produce reliable results and will not help teachers support children in their learning. This is a gross misuse of resources.
More Than A Score will be sending a summary of the report to all primary heads and assessment co-ordinators in England, within the next 10 days. The NEU will send the summary to primary reps.
Read BERA’s full report A Baseline Without Basis, and the NEU response to its findings:

BERA Full Report
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BERA Summary of Report
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NEU Press Release
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Image comes from NEU (NUT Section) webpage for Baseline Assessment. Shows colour photograph of face of young adult with head and shoulders of small child playing. Photo is mainly skin tones, with white clothing & yellow safety hat, against a blurred background of blue, yellow and white stripes.

NEU (NUT Section) webpage for Baseline assessment

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