Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME)

ACME's Views on an Alternative Regime for Key Stage 2 Assessment in Mathematics

25 November 2009

In October 2008, the Secretary of State asked an Expert Group on Assessment to look at the future of testing at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2) in English, Science and Mathematics. ACME submitted its views to the Expert Group. Subsequently, the Expert Group recommended that KS2 tests in English and Mathematics should be retained, but should be scrapped for Science. These recommendations were accepted by the Secretary of State.

ACME expressed its disagreement with the recommendations and a meeting with the Secretary of State was scheduled.  As part of the process of preparing for this meeting, ACME organised a seminar at which a frank and full discussion of the challenges facing an assessment regime for the end of KS2 were discussed. The seminar also looked at some alternative assessment regimes to that proposed by the Expert Group on Assessment. The key outcomes of this discussion are highlighted in the paper below. 

ACME's views on an alternative regime for Key Stage 2 Assessment in Mathematics

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