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ERIC Number: EJ995983
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1474-8460
Trust in Testers
White, John
London Review of Education, v11 n1 p1-6 2013
It is time to replace the examination regime at 16 and 18 by something more appropriate. The coalition government has been solidifying its place by its Baccalaureate reforms at both ages, but this is a move in quite the wrong direction. Whatever the wider purposes that the examination system may serve, its core aim is to find out how well students are faring in their learning. The author argues that the examination regime has many faults, among them financial, psychological, sociological and ethical. It also has epistemological deficiencies. These are more serious in that they strike at the heart of what examining is supposed to be. As the people have seen, a fundamental problem with public examinations is that candidates are only numbers. If the basic reason for assessing students is to find out how well they are doing, for all but more rule-bound achievements assessors have to know something about examinees' wider intellectual and perhaps ethical or aesthetic horizons. And for that, assuming, rightly, that they lack extensive written evidence of this, they need personal contact with those being tested. This all points to school-based, rather than nation-wide, assessments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom