I've had a moral battle with the whole testing thing and really hate the idea of baby's (In my eyes!) sitting exams but since she's done so well and actually said she enjoyed doing them this year I'm wondering what other parents/teachers think
I'm not in favour of over-testing children. However, nowadays, many schools are reluctant to say how bright a child is (apparently for fear of playground boasting by pupils & parents). For instance, school report gives a score for effort and one for achievement - but a less able child with SEN could get an A for both.
At least with the SATs, both statutory and optional, you get an absolute score, set against the national population. So if your child is testing very well, but gets poor reports, if could be that they're G&T under stretched & underachieving!