One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the UK) a standard test given to schoolchildren to assess their progress in a core subject of the national curriculum.
- ‘All standard assessment tasks were carried out in accordance with UK guidelines.’
- ‘However, a number of students felt that their most powerful learning experiences involved interaction with others, and that standard assessment tasks did not really foster this kind of learning.’
- ‘The 2nd English standard assessment task needs to be redone at our school because apparently one of the teachers told his class the question they were going to be getting for their ‘unseen’ assessment.’
- ‘Last year's standard assessment task results for 11-year-olds, in which more than half the children failed to reach the expected attainment level in mathematics and English, are a national scandal.’
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