DfE and NFER on baseline testing: Do they know what they do?
Gemma Moss, Harvey Goldstein, Pam Sammons, Gwen Sinnott and Gordon Stobart
4 September 2018
On 4 July 2018, the British Educational Research Association (BERA) expert panel on assessment published the report A baseline without basis (Goldstein et al 2018), in response to the Department for Education (DfE’s) plans to carry out baseline testing of all children on entry to reception classes in England. The panel considered whether the evidence from the assessment literature could justify such a test being used for accountability purposes – and concluded that it could...