Predictive testing of young children: The delusions of ‘accountability’
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Wrigley, T. (2016) Predictive testing of young children: The delusions of ‘accountability’. Radical Statistics, (114).
The latest addition to England’s heavily audited school system (Ranson 2008; Ball 2008) is the introduction of Baseline assessments as a starting point for ‘holding primary schools to account’ (DfE 2014a). This raises critical issues about the appropriate use of assessment data, whilst also opening up to question some common assumptions about statistics within education and perhaps other fields.