Scottish Qualifications Authority to be replaced

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recently determined that the Scottish Qualifications Authority should be replaced. A new examination authority may eventually be established in Scotland, based on recommendations from the Scottish Government. This body will be in charge of both curriculum and assessment.

The decision comes after a review by OECD of The Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). The report highlights a disconnect between Broad General Education (BGE)  and the Senior Phase, including a sense of teaching for the exams rather than overall learning. Other reforms suggested were a reduction in teacher contact hours and removing inspection responsibility from Education Scotland.

A major contributing factor for the decision to replace the SQA involves student learning outcomes in light of the global pandemic and the effects of COVID-19 on the ability to offer exams.

For further reading, see BBC News and Herald Scotland.

 

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