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From power battles to education theatre: the history of standardised testing

From power battles to education theatre: the history of standardised testing

Results from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2019 testing round were released last week. They showed Australia had improved in Year 8 maths and science, and Year 4 science, from the previous testing cycles. The TIMSS is a standardised, international assessment administered to check how effective countries are in teaching maths […] … learn more→

So, we should teach to the test?

In an exasperating article on the op-ed page of The New York Times last week, science writer Benedict Carey argues for the benefit of testing, conflating all types from yearly standardized tests to weekly quizzes and ignoring the indisputable fact that all tests are regressive (they test what is known, somethings at the expense of […] … learn more→