More Tests, Poorer Results
- Sahlberg presents data showing how countries that rely on test-based accountability policies have shown declining performance in math and similar trends in reading and science. At the same time, Finland has emphasized teacher professionalism, school-based curriculum, trust-based leadership, and school collaboration. It is clear from this that frequent standardized testing is not a necessary condition for improvement. Finns do a lot of diagnostic and formative assessment, which each teacher is responsible for. He also sites evidence that standardized tests causes teachers to redesign their teaching according to the tests, give higher priority to tested subjects, and do more drilling and memorization.
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