Coalition steps-up its baseline fight

As the government decides which commercial company will win the £10 million contract for the baseline assessment of four-year-olds, the ‘More than a Score’ coalition has published a dossier of evidence against the controversial policy

“The proposal to test 99 per cent of four-year-olds in 2020 is based on the false premise that the knowledge and skills of a four-year-old can be accurately measured. But few statisticians believe this, and no research has demonstrated a strong link between attainment measured at four and later progress.”

The More than a Score coalition is stepping up its campaign against government plans to resurrect the baseline testing of four-year-olds – labelling the policy as “pointless, irresponsible and unethical”.

The campaign’s stance can be summed up by the comment above from Nancy Stewart, vice-chair of TACTYC – the Association for Professional Development in the Early Years.

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