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ERIC Number: EJ864928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0969-594X
Towards State-Mandated Testing in Germany: How Do Teachers Assess the Pedagogical Relevance of Performance Feedback Information?
Maier, Uwe
Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, v16 n2 p205-226 Jul 2009
The paper analyses how teachers view state-mandated tests in Baden-Wurttemberg, a large state in the south-west of Germany. For the first time in 2006, public secondary schools were bound by law to administer "Vergleichsarbeiten" [state-wide tests] in up to three relevant subjects after Grade 6. Scholars in the field of school improvement emphasise that there is a gap between performance feedback provided by external tests and how this information is internally processed. To bridge this gap, a crucial precondition is that teachers must accept state-wide testing as a useful instrument for improving the performance of schools. To examine how teachers view the pedagogical relevance of performance feedback information, 256 secondary schools were approached, and an anonymous questionnaire was completed by a representative sample of 307 teachers with Grade 6 classes. Analysis of the quantitative data reveals that teachers in general secondary schools (the lower level of the academically streamed secondary system) are more open-minded towards the tests than their colleagues in intermediate schools or in grammar schools (the highest level). Even so, only a small percentage of teachers in general secondary schools acknowledge the pedagogical relevance of performance feedback information for improving teaching strategies. This result suggests that state-mandated testing in Baden-Wurttemberg is highly unlikely to initiate or support school improvement activities for the time being. (Contains 7 tables, 1 figure, and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany; West Germany