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High-Stakes Testing in Education

High-Stakes Testing in Education

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About the Book

High-stakes educational testing is a global phenomenon which is increasing in both scale and importance. Assessments are high-stakes when there are serious consequences for one or more stakeholders. Historically, tests have largely been used for selection or for providing a 'licence to practise', making them high-stakes for the test takers. Testing is now also used for the purposes of improving standards of teaching and learning and of holding schools accountable for their students' results. These tests then become high-stakes for teachers and schools, especially when they have to meet externally imposed targets. More recent has been the emergence of international comparative testing, which has become high-stakes for governments and policy makers as their education systems are judged in relation to the performances of other countries.

In this book we draw on research which examines each of these uses of high-stakes testing. The articles evaluate the impact of such assessments and explore the issues of value and fairness which they raise. To underline the international appeal of high-stakes testing the studies are drawn from Australia, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, former Soviet republics and North America. Collectively they illustrate the power of high-stakes assessment in shaping, for better or for worse, policy making and schooling.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice.

About the Author:

Theo J.H.M. Eggen is Senior Research Scientist at the Psychometric Research Center of Cito and full professor of psychometrics at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Consultancy and research on educational and psychometrical issues of test development are his main activities. His specializations are: item response theory, quality of tests, (inter)national assessment, and computerized adaptive testing. He has major experience as a consultant in educational measurement at Cito, at the university and internationally. He is author of research articles and chapters of textbooks. He is scientific director of the Research Center for Examinations and Certification (RCEC).

Gordon Stobart is Emeritus Professor of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK, and a Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University, UK. He spent twenty years in policy-related environments and is a former editor of Assessment in Education: principles, policy and practice. His current work is on how experts learn and the implications for classroom teaching and learning. His most recent book is The Expert Learner - Challenging the myth of ability (2014).

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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781138775565
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publisher Imprint: Routledge
  • Depth: 19
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 15 mm
  • Weight: 430 gr
  • ISBN-10: 1138775568
  • Publisher Date: 16 May 2014
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Height: 246 mm
  • No of Pages: 154
  • Series Title: English
  • Sub Title: Value, Fairness and Consequences
  • Width: 175 mm

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