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Concerns over pupil tests after stats issues.

THE Welsh Government has been accused of failing to learn from previous mistakes in its handling of this year's annual reading and numeracy tests.

Liberal Democrat education spokesman Aled Roberts said he doubted whether o!cials had worked with teachers eectively to administer the tests, which were sat by all learners aged seven to 14 in May.

It follows heated rows over who would be responsible for marking and news that statistical issues will prevent direct year-on-year comparisons being made.

Headteachers have also been frustrated by delays in the Welsh Government dishing out the scores to schools, many of which only received their marks this week, a matter of days before the end of term. Schools are expected to report to parents before the summer break.

Ruth Davies, president of the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) in Wales, branded the distribution of tests a "complete and utter shambles".

Mr Roberts said: "ese are harsh words indeed from the teaching unions but they reY=ect a failure by the Welsh Government to learn from previous mistakes.

"e fact that the president of the NAHT has been moved to call this a 'complete and utter shambles' shows just how strongly school leaders feel about the situation and it does not give me con-'dence that the minister has been working on these tests in a collaborative way."

e Welsh Government said it was "disappointing" that it had not been able to publish progress information this year as planned, but the process had taken longer than expected.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 17, 2014
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