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Durham University

School of Education

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Publication details for Prof Christine Merrell

Merrell, C. (2009). The reliability of the statutory end of Key Stage 2 assessments and their use in England. Education Review 22(1): 69-74.

Author(s) from Durham


Great importance is placed on the results of England's end of Key Stage 2 statutory assessments. They are used to monitor the progress of individual pupils, to judge the effectiveness of teachers, schools, and local authorities, and, at a national level, to monitor the standard of education over time. This article discusses the reliability of these assessments and whether they are appropriate measures for high-stakes use.