Gove pushes for external markers
Richard Garner has been Education Editor of The Independent for 12 years and writing about the subject for 34 years. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a disc jockey in London pubs and clubs and for a hospital radio station. His main hobbies are cricket (watching these days) and theatre. On his days off, he is most likelt to be found at Lord’s or the King’s Head Theatre Club.
Wednesday 14 November 2012
Children from ethnic-minority groups are more likely to be marked down by their teachers in exams, the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, will say today.
He will make the point in a speech to head teachers this afternoon designed to support his plans to move away from teacher assessment in exams to traditional end-of-course tests.
He will tell the Independent Academies Association conference in London that externally marked tests are "fairer", adding: "The evidence shows that in teacher assessment of English achievement there is a tendency for ethnic-minority children to be under-marked and students from non-minority backgrounds to be more generously marked.
"With external testing there is no opportunity for such bias."
Mr Gove will also mount a robust defence of exam league tables in the wake of a report from exams regulator Ofqual last week showing they played a part in putting too much pressure on teachers to bump up marks.
He will praise their "clarifying honesty" – claiming that they have rescued schools from being judged on "hearsay and prejudice".
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