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ERIC Number: EJ1100894
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1476-7724
The Power of Numbers: The Adoption and Consequences of National Low-Stakes Standardised Tests in Israel
Feniger, Yariv; Israeli, Mirit; Yehuda, Smadar
Globalisation, Societies and Education, v14 n2 p183-202 2016
The use of standardised tests as a central tool in education policy has in recent decades become a common feature of many national education systems. In 2002 the Israeli Ministry of Education introduced new mandatory state tests for primary and middle schools. The article describes the adoption of these low-stakes tests and assesses their impact on schools using quantitative and qualitative data. It shows that the tests have unintended negative consequences similar to those reported in studies on high-stakes tests in other countries. An explanation for these findings, based on the notion of "power of numbers," is proposed and discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel
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