The review called for the English creative writing test to be replaced by a composition which will be assessed by teachers, rather than outside markers.
Lord Bew's proposals, published last month and now formally accepted by ministers, will mean that part of the externally-marked testing for English will stop from next year.
In terms of school accountability, league table results will include a rolling three-year average, which is intended to present a more rounded picture, rather than a single snapshot of one year.
There will also be an emphasis on pupils' progress - showing how much they have improved. This will include a distinction between the results of pupils who have been at the school for at least two years - and those who are new arrivals.
Still - as far as I can see - to be assessed from a single 'on the day' piece of writing rather than proper teacher assessment over a range of writing during a period of time.
So still the same 'high stakes' test, just marked in school not externally. And a new test of spelling, grammar and goodness knows what else.
So not exactly something to get as excited about as a proper shift to teacher assessment (as done for KS1 - teacher assessment with some 'standard' pieces of writing acting as input to that overall level) would have been...
Yay!! About time too. From what I've seen the marking of this years writing has left a lot to be desired. Would that KS2 followed the lead of KS1 and just used the tests for confirmation of teacher assessment.
Indigo I know. DS brought his SATs home today. But as it is not part of the league tables, the schools who are not sciency do it in a pretty half arsed way. I've seen my kids incorrect work ticked because the teacher assumed they would know the answer because of what DH does !!!