Do our children take too many tests?
There’s a lot of talk at the moment about testing, from SATSs to GCSEs and everything in between, and naturally this generates discussion about whether all of these tests are good for our children.
Tests can cause stress for everyone involved – teachers, parents and especially students – and can be even worse when factoring in issues such as anxiety, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Some people say that testing only measures specific areas (e.g. reading, writing, maths), and doesn’t give a full picture of each child and their strengths (e.g. creativity, athletic ability, team skills, IT skills, etc).
But tests have their good points too. They provide guidance to teachers on student learning, showing them not only how the children are doing academically, but also how effectively they’re teaching. This can lead to teachers updating their methods, which can only help in the future.
Regular testing helps students as well, as it gives them a picture of their progress through their school year(s). Seeing where they have done well can encourage them to work on weaker areas, and continue to work hard on their revision.
Parents also benefit from testing, as they can see how their child is progressing in school, including by comparing their performance to regional or national results. They can also see how their child’s school compares to others in the area, and use the data to help their child make informed choices about things like secondary school and GCSE options.
Finally, the government use the results from standard tests to gain insights into the education system as a whole, highlighting problem areas across districts and the entire country.
However you look at it, tests are an important and unavoidable aspect of a student’s school career. If you want to help your child achieve their full potential, don’t hesitate to contact The Tutorial Centre on 01293 972 025.