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“These are not A Levels or GCSEs with results that count on an individual basis in the long term.” #MoreThanAScore @MoreThanScore we disagree these don’t count @DamianHinds — here’s why.
@MoreThanScore @DamianHinds The SAT results (as well as KS1 and Phones tests) are sent for each child on a named basis, to loads of third party companies. They then profile each child using the scores. #MoreThanAScore @MoreThanScore #PlayNotTestsAt4 This is one company example.
@MoreThanScore @DamianHinds The profiles include risk scores -- the company's prediction of future performance -- all of this data transfer, profiling, accuracy and meaning is hidden from families and without any meaningful way for schools to check accuracy. #MoreThanAScore @MoreThanScore #PlayNotTestsAt4
@MoreThanScore @DamianHinds These data are cumulated throughout a child's life, age 2-19. The data volume is enormous and what each school get back varies, but can be vast and requires a huge amount of interpretation >> is the workload worth it? How is it used? bit.ly/2GFws8O
@MoreThanScore @DamianHinds Families don't get told how risk profiles are created or used. But we know from anecdotal evidence, that some schools use profiles to target which selected handful of children will put the school at greatest chance of higher or lower school progress cores. (accuracy unknown).
@MoreThanScore @DamianHinds We've been told of schools that print the say, 6 children annually, whose risk scores, school believes could shift the Ofsted outcome, and whose score profiles are printed and pasted large to the staff room wall. The scores can influence if a child does or does not get attention
@MoreThanScore @DamianHinds So in short: SATs can enormously influence how a child is treated, consciously or subconsciously by school staff, and may overrule a teacher's own views with no transparency of quality or accuracy -- better or worse than the human judgement. #MoreThanAScore #playnottestsat4
@MoreThanScore @DamianHinds Prior attainment is fed into scores, so any bias and error risks being built in for life -- with 8 million children in school and 700,000 new each year, the chance of bad quality, or a bad day for a child, means that each one time result and profile could have significant effect
@MoreThanScore @DamianHinds SATs (and phonics) are also linked with indefinite number of other datasets by local authorities and used to create risk scores which families never see. Any bias and error then built-in for life across broad public sector data #LabelsLastaLifetime @MoreThanScore #playnottestsat4
@MoreThanScore @DamianHinds So we strongly disagree SATs don’t count @DamianHinds - in fact, probably no one knows how much. If you don't know, then how on earth can families understand the effect of all these scores recorded and passed on about our children? #WhoKnowsWhatAboutMe #LabelsLastALifetime #end
@MoreThanScore @DamianHinds *phonics tests (plus all of these)
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