Limitations of Australia’s National Testing Program

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Limitations of Australia’s National Testing Program
Is it possible for a nationwide educational testing system to produce reliable results that are valid for particular classrooms, motivational for students, useful for planning student outcomes and helpful for improving teaching practices? Along with world peace, global prosperity and end to world hunger it is theoretically ‘possible’ to create a national testing system that will achieve all of these goals. Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely and in practice has never been achieved. Australia’s national testing program that began in 2008 is no exception. While it has met some of its goals, it has fallen short on others.
Based on how and why testing was implemented in Australia, research...
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