Making progress

Think tank: EDSK

Author(s): Tom Richmond; Eleanor Regan

November 12, 2021

This report from UK think tank EDSK looks at the future of assessment and accountability in primary schools.

Making Progress looks at the future of primary assessment and accountability in England. The report proposes moving away from distorting high-stakes tests like SATs and replacing them with more regular shorter online assessments in three subjects: reading; mathematics; and spelling, punctuation, and grammar (SPAG). These new online assessments would be ‘adaptive’ tests, meaning that they provide a more personalised assessment by giving pupils easier or harder questions depending on their performance during the test.