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ERIC Number: ED536521
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
Is South Korea a Case of High-Stakes Testing Gone Too Far? Information Capsule. Volume 1107
Blazer, Christie
Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
South Korea's students consistently outperform their counterparts in almost every country in reading and math. Experts have concluded, however, that the South Korean education system has produced students who score well on tests, but fall short on creativity and innovative thinking. They blame these shortcomings on schools' emphasis on rote memorization and the country's use of a single university entrance exam as the sole determinant of success. While American educators and policymakers continue to praise the South Korean education system, South Korea has actually introduced a set of reforms designed to westernize its schools. Experts in both countries now believe that the most effective policies and practices from the U.S. and South Korean education systems should be combined in order to form one successful hybrid system.
Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools. 1450 NE Second Avenue, Miami, FL 33132. Tel: 305-995-1000; Fax: 305-995-7521; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Research Services
Identifiers - Location: South Korea