Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME)

ACME letters to the Department for Education on primary and post-16 mathematics

10 December 2014

Baseline assessment

ACME wrote a letter to the Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, regarding the reception baseline.

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.

Primary and post-16 mathematics

Professor Stephen Sparks, Chair of ACME, wrote a letter to Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Reform, to follow up on some of the issues discussed during their recent meeting. The issues discussed in the letter include A level, post-16 and primary mathematics.

Nick Gibb responded to both ACME letters 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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