This article features in one of Australia’s most respected newspapers. The University of Melbourne (one of the world’s most respected universities) has carried out an intensive study of the many unintended negative consequences of high stakes testing in Australia.
Teachers are spending significant time in test preparation, they are teaching to the test, the curriculum is narrowing and kids and teachers are feeling anxious and frustrated. – not to mention bored.
And yet our political leaders will not accept the evidence. According to the Federal Education Minister, Peter Garrett, the findings are simply out of touch with the real opinions of the teachers who provide him with feedback. Hmmm. Wake up Mr Garrett. Open your eyes and ears.