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ERIC Number: EJ766275
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Assessment around the World
Rotberg, Iris C.
Educational Leadership, v64 n3 p58-63 Nov 2006
The current preoccupation in the United States with test-based accountability is founded on a set of faulty assumptions--about education practices elsewhere in the world, about international test score comparisons, and about the extent to which test scores are valid indicators of the quality of education or the state of the economy. For example, it is often assumed that the rest of the developed world is one high-achieving country, that other countries have found the "right" way to improve student achievement, and that international test score rankings are valid measures of the quality of education. These assumptions are not supported by the evidence. Examples of testing practices in England, Turkey, Germany, Singapore, Japan, and China provide a context for standardized testing worldwide. (Contains 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; Germany; Japan; Singapore; Turkey; United Kingdom (England); United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001