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Parents and the National Curriculum

This chapter addresses the issues raised by parents in response to the introduction of the National Curriculum and its accompanying standardized assessment. The research described interviewed a sampIe of parents of the first cohort of 7-yearolds to be assessed using Standard Assessment Tasks. Their attitudes and opinions were recorded over aperiod of three years throughout their children's experience of Key Stage One

The parents' desire for a fair system that not only worked to the benefit of their own children but for all children regardless of prior skills and ability was clearly apparent. A view of assessment as a useful diagnostic tool rather than performance indicator indicated their wish to be involved in their children's education, discussing strengths and weaknesses with teachers which would enable them to offer real help and support at horne.