If the Grammars thought that SATs were a good measure of a child's ability and potential, maybe they would have used very similar style exam for the 11 plus.
The fact that they don't shows that they value other measures of ability.
My ds1 got the same level in English writing as Michael Rosen when he took the test recently - level 4
The teacher was admittedly surprised, having put him down as a level 5, but apparently he forgot to jump through a few hoops on the day.
I am pretty certain CH don't take a great deal of notice of these results and for most children who have passed for Grammar. the time between December and September is a wilderness of complete boredom.
For example my ds2 in Year 5 tends to get either 100% in his past paper maths SATS tests, or just makes a few daft mistakes. And the school have still
been giving him more KS2 Maths SATS to practice
. Is he going to be hanging around on this level (he is assessed at high 5) for the next 12 months
Seems a bit like flaying a dead horse to me. I feel that once a child is getting 90% plus, sitting more tests at that level is a waste of time.
For bright children, SATS just sits on top of their chances to keep on moving up, and so they stagnate and are really just sitting waiting to start secondary. What a waste of time. My ds2 goes to a good school, as schools go, but If I could possibly afford to send my ds2 to Indie I would now, so that he could at least live out the next year actually moving forward somehow.
Anyway, I thought this article was interesting:http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree ... ation.sats