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LITERACY REPORT FINDINGS QUESTIONED

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Teachers' leaders have criticised a Scottish executive report showing poor literacy standards as being based on unr...
Teachers' leaders have criticised a Scottish executive report showing poor literacy standards as being based on unreliable tests and resulting from previous government policy.

The Herald (p3) reports that the survey, carried out under the assessment of achievement programme, has revealed a poor grasp of even the most elementary skills.

But Ronnie Smith, general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland, said yesterday: 'Let's not get too hung up on the validity or reliability of 5-14 level or test instrument.

'We think these 5-14 levels have been stretched to cover things they do not really cover and that they have about them an aura of objectivity that they do not deserve.'

He added: 'I have difficulty understanding why or how it could be that there is this apparent nightmare scenario at S1 and S2, in particular, when the same teachers working with the same pupils in the same schools seem to be turning in steadily improving results in standard grade and highers.'
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