To make sure we get the most out of education, we may need to both broaden our narrative about standardised testing and try to minimise its negative influences.
The use of standardised testing is a divisive topic, and most of the disagreement comes down to beliefs about whether using it to control education is a good or bad thing.
Research in England has found that the proposed test was no more accurate than the teacher’s judgement in identifying children with reading difficulties.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham is right to be concerned about the number of children struggling with literacy - but this test is not the solution.
About 1.1 million students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sat the 2017 NAPLAN tests in May.
This year's preliminary NAPLAN results show Australian students are flatlining after ten years of the controversial tests.
Stuyvesant High School students arrive on the first day in 2015.
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Elite exam schools are some of the least diverse public schools in the US. Here's how colleges like Harvard could teach high schools like Stuyvesant to improve their admissions process.
How can we change math instruction to meet the needs of today’s kids?
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Math instruction is stuck in the last century. How can we change teaching methods to move past rote memorization and help students develop a more meaningful understanding – and be better at math?
A student takes a nap on a desk during his lunch break studying for the National College Entrance Exam in Anhui Province, China. June 2, 2012.
Every year, 9 million students in China compete for just 6 million college admission spots. The systems that match students with schools are being overhauled. But will that improve outcomes?
Assessment should be a part of teaching and learning at universities. It's important because it will subvert exclusion and allow all students to take responsibility for their work.
Is east Asia really the top dog when it comes to education?
... and why our analysis is a much fairer comparison.
When are tests too hard?
Good tests may build in failure, but that doesn't mean they're an efficient way of measuring a child's ability.
Stop testing me.
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Seven and 11-year-olds feel the pressure from their parents and teachers.
Government wants to create a national test for reading, phonics and numeracy in Year 1.
Research shows linking teachers’ pay to performance has little impact on student achievement. Similar tests to the ones the government proposes for young children now face a backlash in the UK and US.
Back to basics.
Testing takes the magic out of education – playful learning may be the answer.
Testing times: online exams produce different results to paper ones.
Some countries experienced big changes when the global test of 15-year-olds moved from paper to online.
Too many students are struggling to make the grade.
A new OECD report has put the spotlight on countries where teenagers struggle in maths, reading and science.
South Africa’s matric results are held up as probably the most important moment in the basic education system.
Their school careers are over – but what did South Africa's matric class of 2015 actually learn, and how many of them are ready for what comes next?
What will the new law change?
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is replacing No Child Left Behind (NCLB). How much of an improvement is it over the earlier law?
Many of South Africa’s primary and secondary schools are dysfunctional. But should universities use this as an excuse to turn all applicants from these schools away?
Data from the National Benchmark Test can be used by universities to support students who lag behind in academic literacy.
Can I be a puzzle-maker when I grow up?
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It’s no longer enough for children just to be able to read, count or multiply. With computers now doing many mundane repetitive tasks for us, many jobs in today’s world require analytical skills and the…
Too young to fail.
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The coalition government is to introduce the testing of young children soon after they enter primary school at the age of four or five. English children are already tested far more than children in most…
Punching a hole through privilege.
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England’s 164 state grammar schools form a distinctive but controversial part of the nation’s education system. These schools are distinctive in terms of their high levels of performance – one consequence…