Towards improving public understanding of judgement practice in standards-referenced assessment : an Australian perspective

Klenowski, Valentina (2013) Towards improving public understanding of judgement practice in standards-referenced assessment : an Australian perspective. Oxford Review of Education.

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Abstract

Internationally there has been a move towards standards-referenced assessment with countries such as Australia developing a National Curriculum and Achievement Standards, New Zealand adopting National Standards for literacy and numeracy that involve schools making and reporting judgements about the reading, writing and mathematics achievement of children up to Year 8 (the end of primary school) and in Canada, classroom assessment standards aimed at the improvement of assessment practice of K-12 education are being formulated. Standards-driven reform has major implications for teachers’ work. The consequences of adopting a standards-driven approach to educational change by systems are often under-estimated with the unintended effects not fully understood by either the policy writers, and the public, including parents. It is for these reasons that the contention developed in this article relates to the teacher’s role, which it is argued remains central to policy focused on the improvement of the quality of education and educational standards.

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ID Code: 57071
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: assessment, accountability , policy, educational reform
DOI: 10.1080/03054985.2013.764759
ISSN: 1465-3915
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the Oxford Review of Education © 2013 [copyright Taylor & Francis]; Oxford Review of Education is available online at: www.tandfonline.com
Deposited On: 11 Feb 2013 01:18
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2014 09:04

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