The life of data: Evolving national testing

Thompson, Greg, Sellar, Sam, & Lingard, Robert (2016) The life of data: Evolving national testing. In Lingard, Robert, Thompson, Greg, & Sellar, Sam (Eds.) National Testing in Schools: An Australian Assessment. Routledge, pp. 212-229.

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To this point, the collection has provided research-based, empirical accounts of the various and multiple effects of the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) in Australian schooling as a specific example of the global phenomenon of national testing. In this chapter, we want to develop a more theoretical analysis of national testing systems, globalising education policy and the promise of national testing as adaptive, online tests. These future moves claim to provide faster feedback and more useful diagnostic help for teachers. There is a utopian testing dream that one day adaptive, online tests will be responsive in real time providing an integrated personalised testing, pedagogy and intervention for each student. The moves towards these next generation assessments are well advanced, including the work of Pearson’s NextGen Learning and Assessment research group, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) move into assessing affective skills and the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority’s (ACARA) decision to phase in NAPLAN as an online, adaptive test from 2017...

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ID Code: 86143
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Testing, Assessment, Data
ISBN: 9781138961654
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 03 Aug 2015 22:32
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2016 01:00

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