It does seem a bit depressing that all these claims are being made despite the changes. However, increased tutoring was feared to be a knock-on effect of the test by many on this forum and changing the test doesn't seem to have stopped any of the tutors / tuition companies in their tracks.
I was one of the doom-mongers who predicted the growth in tutoring, and sadly I have been proved correct.
I talk to a number of tutors, and all of them have seen an increase in the amount of tutoring that parents are seeking to put their children through.
These tutors are all ethically minded, and I would say that they find the situation fairly depressing as well. Managing parental expectations has become ever more difficult for them, and they are deflecting constant requests for what they personally believe is excessive tutoring and homework.
On the plus side, they do feel that they are at least adding value in a way that tutoring for the old test didn't, improving general maths and literacy skills in the children. They also don't feel that they are "teaching to the test" in the way they did before.
On that count, I agree with Single Dad that the old test had a strong element of "training" in it. I am still not convinced that it produced significant numbers of GS qualified children who weren't of GS ability, but a lot of learning by rote went on, and that has pretty well gone in the new test. Even the skills needed to unravel NVR have some practical application in logical, visual thinking.