Last week, parents across the UK took their kids out of school, spending time at parks and museums instead. They also made protest posters: “Stop Testing!” they read, and “Let our kids be kids.”
The stay-at-home protest targeted government-mandated tests, which many parents and teachers think put too much pressure on children. Standard Assessment Tests, or SATs, test 7-year-olds and 10-11 year olds on English and math. But many feel that the curriculum narrows down learning to “hoop-jumping” and memorizing of technical grammar terms in a way reminiscent of 1950s schooling.
So, can you answer questions from a sample test for 10 and 11-year-olds? Answers are at the bottom.