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School entry assessment: Implementation issues

Helen Dixon and Ruth Williams

The requirement to report school entry assessment data to the Ministry of Education makes SEA a high stakes activity. But how well is it working? In this study, all teachers raised concerns such as timing, how to manage SEA tasks in the classroom, and how dependable the scoring is. Critical issues to emerge include consistency of standards, the crucial importance of context, and the undermining of teachers’ confidence in their own professional ability.

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