Stressed out: The psychological effects of tests on primary school children

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Abstract

This week has seen parents coming together and keeping their children off school in an attempt to boycott Key Stage (KS) exams 1. Preparation for these standardised achievement tests (SATs) have involved a narrowing of the curriculum, including a specific focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Parents believe that their children should instead be stimulated by more learning-enriching activities and projects. Further, the tests may cause undue stress and pressure on their young children to perform well. These beliefs are widespread- over 49,000 parents have so far signed a petition 2 to abolish KS2 SATs.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2016

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