High-stakes national testing: it's global, it's here to stay, and graduating teachers need to know about it

Smeed, Judy L. (2010) High-stakes national testing: it's global, it's here to stay, and graduating teachers need to know about it. In Proceedings of : Fifth International Conference on Catholic Educational Leadership, Sydney, N.S.W.

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Abstract

My oldest daughter recently secured a position as a Science/Geography teacher in a P-12 Catholic College in regional Queensland. This paper looks at the teaching world into which she has graduated. Specifically, the paper will outline and discuss findings from a survey of graduating early childhood student teachers in relation to their knowledge and skills of the current regime of high-stakes testing in Australia. The paper argues that understanding accountability and possessing skills to scrutinise test data are essential for the new teacher as s/he enters a profession in which governments world-wide are demanding a return for their investment in education. The paper will examine literature on accountability and surveillance in the form of high-stakes testing from global, school and classroom perspectives. It makes the claim that it is imperative for beginning teachers to be able to interpret high-stakes test data and considers the skills required to do this. The paper also draws on local research to comment on the readiness of graduates to meet this comparatively new professional demand.

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ID Code: 39322
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 please consult the author
Deposited On: 23 Dec 2010 04:01
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:21

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