Assessment in Scotland

Harris, Linda and Gallagher, Hugh and Soltysek, Raymond and Allan, Jenny and Lawson, John (2010) Assessment in Scotland. Classroom : the magazine of the National Association for the Teaching of English (11). pp. 34-36. ISSN 1753-6162

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Abstract

As the latest canon rumblings from the SATs wars drift across the border and through the volcanic ash, it may bemuse some colleagues to discover that here too, in a relatively benign assessment environment, teachers of English have the scent of battle in their nostrils. Our new curriculum framework, Curriculum for Excellence (2004), is beginning to unfold or unravel, depending on your perspective; it still promises much that is desirable, but the fact that assessment remains rather vague is seen by some as threatening a successful launch.