Abu Dhabi: National tests
for English for higher education and employment will replace Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL, the International English Language Testing System or IELTS and other checkpoint assessments, Hussain Ebrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, told the Federal National Council yesterday (Tuesday).
The ministryAEs services to the schools include national tests
, international studies that assess the performance standard of students as well as training of teachers on evaluation and examination systems.
CHILDREN are being tested "to destruction", according to members of a Coventry teaching union joining the call for an end to national tests
for seven and 11-year-olds.
The Association of School and College Leaders today recognised the "serious problems" which arose from delays in marking last year's national tests
for 11-year-olds, but said it was essential to keep some kind of external assessment at the end of primary school.
SCHOOLS Secretary Ed Balls yesterday declined to apologise for the administrative fiasco which has delayed the results of national tests
for millions of England's schoolchildren.
Results of national tests
for 14-year-olds (Key Stage 3) are due to be published at the end of the week.
SCHOOLS spend too long drilling children to pass national tests
instead of giving them a proper education, the Government's exams watchdog warned yesterday.
It will become less appealing, however, to target low scoring SAT/ACT students as at-risk as campus admissions officers across the United States continue to debate the efficacy of using these national tests
as an admissions criterion.
The nation's focus on elementary schools over the past decade is revealing itself on the latest state and national tests
in reading and math while middle and high schools still struggle to close achievement gaps between poor and minority children and white and more affluent peers.
Buckle Down will become a subsidiary of Triumph Learning (New York), a producer of print and software preparation materials for state and national tests
A recent poll found more than a third of seven-year-olds in the country suffer stress over national tests
and one in 10 loses sleep because they are so worried about them.
New National Tests
in English and maths are now available for adults who feel they need to prove their level of skills by getting a certificate.