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SCHOOL TEST RESULTS ARE 'VAGUE AND UNRELIABLE' - WOODHEAD

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The Times reports (p8) the government's education standards suffered a double blow yesterday with national test sho...
The Times reports (p8) the government's education standards suffered a double blow yesterday with national test showing unwelcome results and the tests themselves being condemned as unreliable by the Chief Inspector of Schools.

Chris Woodhead told academics at a London seminar that the tests were vague and unreliable. He also hinted at widespread cheating, saying that schools administered them 'in a creative way'.

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority acknowledged concerns over cheating with a security crackdown this year, the paper reports.

Meanwhile, an official analysis of national test results from last summer show progress in maths had faltered at both 11 and 14. In English a small improvement by 11 year-olds masked a standstill among boys at the end of primary education.
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