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Wiggins, Grant – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2017
This article consists of short quotations from the author's chapter "Creative Learning" written for the "Routledge International Handbook of Creative Learning." It argues that, when assessing creativity, we should look for fitness to purpose as well as inventiveness, and that creativity can be assessed and recognised in a wide…
Descriptors: Creativity, Learning Processes, Student Evaluation, Learning Activities
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Coe, John – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2017
This article reflects, and encourages, the growth of grass-roots revolt to bring about change in an assessment system which systematically undermines real education.
Descriptors: Activism, Educational Change, Resistance to Change, Educational Assessment
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Roberts-Holmes, Guy – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2017
This article responds to the dangers arising from baseline assessment in reception classes. It contrasts predictive testing which claims to ascertain each child's ability and potential with the processes of observation, documentation and discussion developed in Reggio Emilia. It explores the two very different understandings of children which they…
Descriptors: Reggio Emilia Approach, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Student Evaluation
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Wandall, Jakob – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2017
This article describes standardised testing in Denmark and the protections guaranteed to avoid "high stakes". It explains the use of computer-based "adaptive tests" which adjust to an appropriate level for each student. It is an abbreviated version of an article from 2011 in the "Journal for Applied Testing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Standardized Tests, Computer Assisted Testing, Evaluation Methods
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Wrigley, Terry – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2017
This text represents two extracts from a submission to the House of Commons Select Committee's investigation into primary school tests. The first part is a critique of the 2016 tests, particularly the Reading and Grammar tests for 11-year-olds and also the highly regulated "teacher assessment" of Writing. The second part is a set of…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Tests, Student Evaluation, Reading Tests
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Eaude, Tony – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2017
This article suggests that a portfolio-based approach to assessing the humanities in the primary school is appropriate and outlines what this might involve. It argues for a broad interpretation of "the humanities" and for adopting principles associated with formative assessment, where assessment is not equated with testing and a wide…
Descriptors: Portfolio Assessment, Evaluation, Elementary School Students, Humanities
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Wilson, Ros – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2017
This article demonstrates the distortions arising from attempts to impose a rigid set of criteria on teacher assessment. The use of surface features of syntax and punctuation to determine grades created a situation where children's writing became artificial and lacking in interest.
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation, Syntax
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Hodgson, John – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2017
This article discusses the use of assessment by teachers to replace external marking. It shows how professional participation and moderation can provide reliability in summative assessment, even in public examinations for older students. It draws on historical experiences of assessment for A-level English literature.
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Summative Evaluation, English Literature, Secondary School Students
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Wrigley, Terry – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2017
This short article explains the key principles of "rich tasks," a version of authentic assessment developed in Queensland, Australia, as part of a major curriculum development called the "New Basics." In various documents, the project leaders recognised the danger that inappropriate assessment would undermine the proposed…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Curriculum Development
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Little, Gawain; Horn, Jo; Gilroy-Lowe, Steph – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2017
This article explains how high-stakes standardised tests are distorting primary school mathematics and failing to promote pupils' cognitive development. It argues for observation and journaling for both formative and summative assessment in order to recover an emphasis on reflective mathematical understanding and problem-solving.
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Standardized Tests, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Education
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Jarvis, Pam – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2017
Nearly a century of psychological research and recent advances in neuropsychology suggest that there is a "learning to learn" stage in early childhood, during which children need to create the foundations of human cognition, which relies upon the ability to logically categorise incoming information. Mid-twentieth-century psychologists…
Descriptors: Young Children, Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Play
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Kucey, Sharen; Parsons, Jim – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2017
This collection of extracts is drawn from an article originally published in the "Journal of Teaching and Learning" (2012). It provides an important reminder to understand Assessment for Learning in depth, by relating some of its key features to aspects of John Dewey's educational and political philosophy of democratic participation.
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Educational Assessment, Democracy, Participation
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This position statement presents a summative argument against current structures and practices of assessment in England's primary schools, and some key principles for its replacement. The text was agreed by More Than A Score, a broad coalition of professional, curriculum, research and campaigning organisations opposed to the current assessment…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Foreign Countries, Elementary Education, Accountability
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Richards, Colin – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2017
The appointment of a new chief inspector from January 2017 offers the opportunity to re-set the relationship between Ofsted and the teaching profession. Both inspectors and teachers need to readjust their mindsets, if inspection is to be seen as developmental and principled rather than judgemental and arbitrary. Without claiming that it was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inspection, Attitude Change, Teacher Attitudes
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Moss, Gemma – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2017
This article evaluates the current state of play in terms of policy development in response to the testing crisis.
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Testing
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