Schools told to expect more Sats ‘chaos’ as moderators fail to mark pupils’ work correctly

Schools and parents have been told to expect more Sats “chaos” after it was revealed the majority of moderators trained for this summer’s marking have incorrectly assessed pupils’ work.

New data obtained by TES magazine suggests the government could fail in its promises to ensure this year’s national primary schools tests are “more consistent” and “reliable” following a host of problems raised last year

Two-thirds of moderators trained to assess this term’s exams marked papers incorrectly when tested earlier this year.

Moderators have described the system as “crude”, “ridiculous” and a “farce”, the news platform reports, expressing concern that teachers will struggle to assess the latest Key Stage 2 papers fairly.

The concerns follow changes made to Sats brought in for the new curriculum last year.

Parents and teachers complained the new tests were far too “tough” and had reduced children to tears.

“Chaos” ensued when a spelling, punctuation and grammar paper was leaked online by a “rogue marker”, and a number of MPs were ridiculed for being unable to answer the questions set out for 11-year-olds.

This year, headteachers say they are concerned teacher assessments of writing will still be published and used to judge their schools, despite continuing confusion over where standards should lie.

“Schools have every right to be worried,” said Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers teaching union.

“We know moderation of writing was a complete nightmare last year. The moderation arrangements were chaotic. It’s still not sorted. 

“If [the Standards and Testing Agency] can’t guarantee consistency, why are we spending these millions of pounds and having all this stress, for writing scores that in all probability won’t be accurate?”

Figures obtained by Freedom of Information requests found this year’s moderators – trained to check…

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