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Highlands and Islands Greens
Highlands and Islands Greens

League Tables: Greens Concerned Over Standardised Testing

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

The Scottish Greens have urged the Scottish Government to ensure standardised testing won’t lead to the reintroduction of damaging league tables to the Scottish school system.

Isla O’Reilly, Scottish Green MSP candidate for Highland and Islands and party spokesperson on Education and Young People, has joined the Commission for School Reform today (8 December) in expressing concerns over the use of data gathered through standardised testing. O’Reilly stressed that the information provided through standardised testing may lead to increased pressure on teachers to use teaching time for test-preparation.

Isla O’Reilly said:

“While it’s absolutely crucial that we put all our efforts to closing the attainment gap, we must be careful with what methods we use to achieve this. We know that too much focus on school performance will only create pressures for teachers to rush through exam preparation, and lead to superficial learning for our children.

I urge the Scottish Government to propose how it will avoid the reintroduction of league tables when standardised testing begins. We need to ensure that the focus for our teachers is always on supporting pupils to learn, not to improve test results or school rankings.”