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The global testing culture : shaping education policy, perceptions, and practice

Author: William C Smith, (Educator); D Brent Edwards
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Symposium Books, 2016. ©2016
Series: Oxford studies in comparative education, v. 25 (1).
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The global testing culture permeates all areas of education, reconceptualizing the role of educational actors, the aims of education, and the accepted practices of education, as well as the general position of education in society. Characterized by census-based standardized testing with links to high-stakes outcomes, the global testing culture can be seen in the expansion of testing and accountability systems  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William C Smith, (Educator); D Brent Edwards
ISBN: 187392772X 9781873927724
OCLC Number: 930759054
Description: 302 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Perfect storm : the political economy of community-based management, teacher accountability, and impact evaluations in El Salvador and the global reform agenda / D. Brent Edwards Jr. --
Legitimacy, state-building, and contestation in education policy development : Chile's involvement in cross-national assessments / Rie Kijima, Jane Leer --
Teaching the world that less is more : global education testing and the Finnish national brand / Hilla Auren, Devin Joshi --
Student achievement and PISA rankings : policy effects or cultural explanations? / Ji Liu --
Measuring learning outcomes and education for sustainable development : the new education developmental goal / Angeline M. Barrett --
International space of the Danish testing community in the post-war years / Karen E. Andreasen, Christian Ydesen --
Facilitating student learning : a comparison of classroom and accountability assessment / Sumera Ahsan, William C. Smith --
Beyond the large-scale testing of basic skills : using formative asessement to facilitate learning / Renata Ticha, Brian Albery --
Questioning across the spectrum : pedagogy, selection examinations, and assessment systems in low-income countries / Anthony Somerset --
Evaluation of how the "politics of K-12 testing" impact the effectiveness of global testing programs / Sean W. Mulvenon, Sandra G. Bowman --
How much stakes for tests? : public schooling, private tutoring, and equilibrium / Mariam Orkodashvili --
Testing and school reform in Danish education : an analysis informed by the use of the "dispositive" / Kristine Kousholt, Bjorn Hamre --
South Korea's accountability policy system and national achievement test / Pearl J. Chung, Hyeonwoo Chea --
Discursive hold of the matric : is there space for a new vision for secondary education in South Africa? / David Balwanz --
Horizontal accountability, municipal capability, and the use of the data : a case study of Sweden / Tracey Burns, Patrick Blanchenay, Florian Koester.
Series Title: Oxford studies in comparative education, v. 25 (1).
Responsibility: edited by William C. Smith.
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"The global testing culture permeates all areas of education, reconceptualizing the role of educational actors, the aims of education, and the accepted practices of education, as well as the general position of education in society. Characterized by census-based standardized testing with links to high-stakes outcomes, the global testing culture can be seen in the expansion of testing and accountability systems around the world and the increasingly 'common-sense' notion that testing is synonymous with accountability, which is synonymous with education quality. This chapter describes the foundational attributes, including the core assumptions, values, and cultural models, that define the normative expectations of actors in the global testing culture. The final section introduces the rest of the volume, which seeks to explore how the global testing culture is embedded in and reinforced by policy and practices of stakeholders at all levels, and to provide case studies exploring the incorporation of testing in national contexts."--Chapter 1 abstract.

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