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Bloomfield seeking to retain academic selection by the back door

8 February, 2007


Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson, West Tyrone Representative Barry McElduff has accused Kenneth Bloomfield and the Association for Quality Education of seeking to retain academic selection by the back door and branded proposals for Computer Adaptive Testing as unproven and experimental.

Mr McElduff said:

"The proposals put forward by Kenneth Bloomfield and the Association for
Quality Education represent just another rear guard action and an attempt to
retain academic selection by the back door.

"Computer Adaptive Testing is simply a computerised version of the 11+.
Senior Educationalists have made it clear that this model is both unproven
and experimental. We should not use our children as Guinea Pigs.

"There are also serious concerns that Computer Adaptive Testing will have a
hugely distorting impact on the curriculum with multiple testing across P5,
P6 and P7. There is nothing to suggest that extending academic testing
across this period will benefit our children.

"Sinn Féin is opposed to academic selection in any form, whether it is
school entrance exams or Computer Adaptive Testing.

"We need an approach governing transfer that puts the best educational
interests of the child before the interests of those who want to maintain a
system that fails the majority of our children." ENDS

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