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Teacher assessment 'as good as tests' at predicting success

May 13, 2019 / TES

Teacher assessments are as reliable as exams at predicting educational success - raising questions about the value of the testing culture, a new study suggests. Researchers say their findings, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, question whether the benefits of standardised exams outweigh the costs.The research comes ahead of hundreds of thousands of Year 6 children starting their Sats today.It found teacher assessments correlated strongly with test results across English, maths and science from age seven to 14, with both measures equally effective at predicting later exam success. According to the study, teacher assessments predicted around 90 per cent of the differences between pupils in exam performance at GCSE and A level.Co-lead researcher Dr Kaili Rimfeld, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London, said: "We have shown for the first time that teacher assessments predict GCSE and A-level resul...