Training New Zealand students to be better at tests would probably improve their performance. But, as Finland has shown, there are better (if more expensive) alternatives.
Samara, Russia, 2017: students sit the state exam.
Standardised tests or exams have been in place in a number of educational systems for nearly two centuries. They are rooted in reformers’ desire to regulate schooling and hold educators accountable.
Results from the world’s longest running large-scale international assessment of maths and science show Australia has significantly improved in Year 8 maths and science, and Year 4 science.
Data are about to be released on how well countries teach Year 4 and 8 maths and science Results from the last cycle of testing in 2015 showed Australia's students achievement had flatlined.
Research findings have implications for Grade 8 and 9 maths teaching.
Grade 9 learners in top and lower performing schools have difficulties with the same topics in maths. This has implications for curriculum revision and for teaching.
Not all students have equal opportunities to develop their talents.
Continuing the status quo will not reduce disadvantage, and over time may even increase it.
Looking to other countries for success in education is like comparing apples to oranges.
It’s known as the PISA/TIMSS travelling caravan. Each time international tests results are released with league tables showing winners and losers a gaggle of researchers, academics and assorted fellow…