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ERIC Number: ED539896
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
National Testing of Pupils in Europe: Objectives, Organisation and Use of Results. Austria 2009
In contrast to many other European countries, national testing is a relatively new phenomenon in Austria's education system. Educational standards tests, aimed at providing a basis for monitoring and evaluating schools and the education system, were created in addition to the traditional system of continuous assessment. In Austria, pupils at ISCED levels 1 and 2 are continuously assessed by their teachers but until very recently, Austrian schools were not subject to national testing or external evaluation. Austria has never had an external assessment tradition, and until a few years ago not even a systematic evaluation of the national school system took place. Many school statistics so far have been purely descriptive rather than the result of systematic evaluation. Some recent national studies have looked at teachers' and students' sentiments or at the effects of expanded autonomy on teachers and pupils, but no real monitoring has taken place (cf. Eurydice, 2006/2007). The recently introduced national tests are sample tests that are based on national educational standards. This paper discusses the objectives, organization, and use of results of the national testing of pupils in Austria. This paper contains the following parts: (1) General Overview of Pupil Assessment; (2) Historical Background to National Testing and its Political Framework; (3) Aims and Organizations of National Testing; and (4) Impact of National Testing. A bibliography is included.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Eurydice
Identifiers - Location: Austria