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ERIC Number: EJ912559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1377
Key Stage 3 Science without the Tests
Hill, Andrew
Education in Science, n231 p12 Feb 2009
The ASE welcomed the removal of the Key Stage 3 tests for England. The change gives teachers in England greater flexibility when planning courses and promotes a wide range of curriculum opportunities for pupils aged between 11 and 14. It will increase children's engagement with science, by encouraging a wider variety of learning and assessment approaches and possibly the development of new assessment skills and strategies that promote good learning. Looking at experiences in other areas of the United Kingdom will help the ASE members explore the implications in England. Scotland never had a central national curriculum or SATs for 14-year olds, and the scrapping of SATS in Wales was announced in 2004. Therefore, science teachers in Wales and Scotland will have useful experiences to share about assessing and reporting on pupils at this stage without national testing.
Association for Science Education. College Lane Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AA, UK. Tel: +44-1707-283000; Fax: +44-1707-266532; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (Edinburgh); United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Scotland); United Kingdom (Wales)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)