Primary Spelling Test Scrapped After Blunder

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 8:57 AM

Year two pupils in England were set to get the spelling and grammar tests until a sample paper was accidentally published online.

Primary Spelling Test Scrapped After Blunder

A spelling test due to be taken by primary school children in England has been ditched after it was accidentally published.

Around half a million seven-year-olds were due to get the Key Stage one grammar, punctuation and spelling test as portion of Sats assessments in May when they're nearing the finish of Year 2.

But the test was accidentally uploaded as a sample on the Dept for Education website in January, as "a result of human error".

The blunder was only noticed this week when a instructor conducted a trial of the exam and a pupil appeared to know all the answers.

It prompted a ferocious backlash against assessment in primary schools, with the Organization of Teachers and Lecturers labelling it "farcical", while the National Union of Teachers called for the assessment to be cancelled.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb responded by saying the incident was "clearly regrettable" and that this year'south pupils wouldn't have to sit the spelling test.

He said: "To delete any uncertainty and make clear the situation for schools, I've decided that we'll delete the requirement on them to administer the Key Stage one grammar, punctuation and spelling test for this year only.

"Schools will still necessity to submit a instructor assessment judgement based on pupils' work in the classroom as has always been the case.

"However there will be number requirement this year for them to administer the KS1 grammar, punctuation and spelling test or utilize the result as portion of that assessment. Our immediate inquiry has shown none of the other KS1 test papers have been affected by this error."

The Standards and Testing Agency said it's launched an urgent investigation into the incident.

Chief executive Jennifer Coupland said: "We believe this issue has arisen as a result of human mistake by a member of staff within the Agency and a failure to chase appropriate clearance processes.

"An immediate review is below way to set up the precise facts and we'd love to apologise to schools and parents for any distress caused."

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