National testing from an Australian perspective

Sellar, Sam, Lingard, Robert, & Thompson, Greg (2016) National testing from an Australian perspective. In Lingard, Robert, Thompson, Greg, & Sellar, Sam (Eds.) National Testing in Schools: An Australian Assessment. Routledge, pp. 1-17.

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Introduction This book examines a pressing educational issue: the global phenomenon of national testing in schooling and its vernacular development in Australia. The Australian National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), introduced in 2008, involves annual census testing of students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in nearly all Australian schools. In a variety of ways, NAPLAN affects the lives of Australia’s 3.5 million school students and their families, as well as more than 350,000 school staff and many other stakeholders in education. This book is organised in relation to a simple question: What are the effects of national testing for systems, schools and individuals? Of course, this simple question requires complex answers. The chapters in this edited collection consider issues relating to national testing policy, the construction of the test, usages of the testing data and various effects of testing in systems, schools and classrooms. Each chapter examines an aspect of national testing in Australia using evidence drawn from research. The final chapter by the editors of this collection provides a broader reflection on this phenomenon and situates developments in testing globally...

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ID Code: 86144
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Assessment, Testing, Australian perspective
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 22:35
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2016 00:56

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