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ERIC Number: EJ957924
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0969-594X
High-Stakes Testing in South Africa: Friend or Foe?
Howie, Sarah
Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, v19 n1 p81-98 2012
The Jomtien conference in 1990 on Education for All is seen by many as a turning point for the introduction of increased monitoring and evaluation of the quality of education systems around the world. Internationally, debates have arisen about the nature and frequency of assessment and its impact on education systems with its intended and unintended consequences. The phenomenon of large-scale testing is a relative latecomer to South African education. Since 1994, large-scale assessments have been implemented in core subjects such as mathematics, science and language in national and international assessments. In this paper, various forms of the large-scale assessments in South Africa are discussed in relation to high-stakes testing and their effect on the education system as a whole in the light of international experience. (Contains 2 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa