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  SATs scrapped for kids in Wales
Updated 13 July 2004, 18.09
Boy taking a test
Kids in Wales will be celebrating, after it was announced on Tuesday that Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) are set to be scrapped.

Welsh politicians decided the tests for 11 and 14-year-olds should be stopped because they put kids and teachers under too much stress.

English kids will still have to take the tests, as MPs say they're a good way of seeing how well you're doing.

New tests will be introduced by 2008 in Welsh schools for 10-year-olds.

The Welsh education minister said the way kids were tested needed to develop their skills more.

Ten-year-olds will now be tested on number skills, how well they read and write, and problem solving.

Kids of 14 will be tested by their teachers, before they choose what GCSE exams they do.

Lots of teachers' unions and parent groups have welcomed the move, and one said the SATs "did not help teaching and learning".

But another teachers union, the NASUWT, said they thought scrapping the tests would mean more work for teachers.

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