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Research finds SAT results are 'inflated'.

THE purpose of testing in schools is now more about "proving" that standards have risen, rather than gauging whether they really have, research suggests today. Nine out of 10 secondary teachers believe that national curriculum tests (SATs) for 11-year-olds do not reflect their true abil-ities, according to a study by think tank Civitas.

It found a "notable proportion" of pupils were entering secondary schools with Key Stage 2 levels - which are determined by the tests - that are "artificially inflated" because teachers are coaching for the exams
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 5, 2008
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