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Assessing assessment progress or politics?

This is the title of a pamphlet in NET’s Counterblast series aimed at stimulating debate. It is based on the thesis that high stakes external assessment has come to dominate the educational experience of students in our schools and colleges.


This is the title of a pamphlet in NET’s Counterblast series aimed at stimulating debate. It is based on the thesis that high stakes external assessment has come to dominate the educational experience of students in our schools and colleges. Assessment is an everyday tool used by teachers to determine what students know and can do, and to plan their teaching. Students need evidence of their attainments for entry to higher education and employment. Schools and colleges are rightly held accountable for the service they provide and government needs evidence to develop policy.

However, the amount of assessment has increased and its purposes have become confused. Too much time and money that could otherwise be used for productive learning is wasted on external assessments. Prime responsibility for assessment should be restored to schools and colleges.

The assessment industry (awarding bodies) should refocus its activities on applied research and development in assessment methodology. The industry should produce assessment tools and professional development for teachers and a much slimmed down external verification service.

The speaker will develop the arguments presented above leaving the majority of time for discussion.


Speaker(s):

Dr Tony Ashmore | talks

 

Date and Time:

2 March 2011 at 3:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

 

Venue:

Hughes Hall
Mortimer Road
Cambridge
CB1 2EW


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Organised by:

Cambridge Assessment Network
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