My DD came home from school in tears today saying that she thought it was unfair that she got extra marks because she is one the youngest and that it is not fair on her friends who are older. She now has it in her head that even if she does pass it's because of the extra marks and not her ability.
Somebody has obviously said this to her and they must have got that from their parents. I think this whole system is an outrageous way to treat young children.
I (kind of) understand standardisation in that she will be marked against children of her own age and not the older ones but how do you explain that to a 10yo.
And whilst I am on the subject, I believe age does matter and that scores should be standardised. My DS was well over 11 when he took the test and he passed with flying colours - you can not give enough points to compensate for maturity. He knew what he wanted and what he needed to do to get it.
Sorry, end of rant. Can't wait til next Friday then maybe we can all get back to reality.