Ethnic minority group kids in UK likelier to be marked down by teachers
British politician Michael Gove believes children from ethic minority groups are more likely to be given less marks by their teachers than their peers in tests and exams.
Gove will say this in a speech to headteachers, designed to support his plans to move away from teacher assessment in exams to traditional end-of-course tests, the Independent reported.
He will tell the Independent Academies Association conference in London that externally marked exams are "fairer", adding, "The evidence shows that in teacher assessment of English achievement there is a tendency for ethnic minority children to be under-marked and students from non-minority backgrounds to be more generously marked.
"With external testing there is no opportunity for such bias - the soft bigotry of low expectations and tests show ethnic minority students performing better.
"So external tests are not only a way of levelling the playing field for children of all backgrounds, they are a solvent of prejudice," he will be saying.