Challenging the evidence on the new baseline test in reception
Gemma Moss, Harvey Goldstein, Pam Sammons, Gwen Sinnott and Gordon Stobart
4 May 2018
On 11 April, school standards minister Nick Gibb announced that the National Foundation for Educational Research would be developing ‘baseline’ assessments for reception-age children. Gibb said: ‘This quick, simple assessment will help us to capture the progress that children make throughout primary school and provides a fairer measure for school accountability.’ What Gibb does not mention is that the overwhelming evidence is that assessments at this age,...