The growth in the importance of tests as a measurement of learning has been accompanied by the growth in the importance of those who grade tests. Children in Great Britain are facing a huge void in their lives because for some reason the graders simply haven’t done their grading on time. Tory leader, David Cameron, blasted the entire process of grading and noted “over 130,000 children are still waiting for results two weeks after these were due.” Just 76.9 percent of the English tests taken by 14 year-olds have been graded despite a July 8 deadline for this to occur. There are now calls for ditching the American company, ETS for its fiasco in grading papers.
Liberal Democrat spokesperson, David Laws, hit the nail on the head by arguing, “not a penny of public money is paid to ETS until the results of the independent report has been carefully considered. Ed Balls should scrap the Key Stage 3 tests for next year and re-invest the money saved where it is needed most–in early intervention to tackle poor maths and English skills.”
As one who has been involved in education for 51 years, I can only say, amen, to the comment by David Laws. Money invested in good teachers is worth a thousand times more than money invested to discover if students have learned what test makers insist they should learn.