Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME)

ACME letter on baseline assessment

13 November 2014

ACME has written a letter to the Secretary of State Nicky Morgan regarding the baseline assessment in mathematics.

In the letter ACME sets out several issues with proposals for the baseline assessment. These issues include that very young children will be assessed but the scores will not take into account whether children are born in summer and that schools may have an undesirable incentive to depress scores in order to increase measured progress, especially if this means attaining extra funding.

Nick Gibb responded to this and another letter, detailing that the points raised by ACME had been noted and would be passed on to officials in the Department for Education working on mathematics reforms.

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