It seems sats are fast becoming the educational equivalent of the ID card. Why do we need such a flagrant waste of public money? Just as what's the point of an ID card if you have a passport and photo driver's licence surely just make the passport compulsory if you really must have some form of ID, what's the point of sat's if they are not worth the paper they have/might have been marked on?
A little common sense and a little trust in teachers and head teachers to monitor the progress of their pupils acurately, within the school year and with the minimum of stress would be far more useful in those years before external exams such as GCSE's. Sats seem to do nothing but cause stress, cost money and ultimately, as seen this year, are worthless if they are incorrect. The schools are monitored by Offsted to see if the teaching is up to standard so why these extra exams?