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National Testing: Past, Present and Future

ISBN: 978-1-85433-286-8
206 pages
May 1999, Wiley-Blackwell
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Focusing on national Tests for 7-11- and 14-year olds, this book draws upon the authors research to provide an authoritive discussion on the implications of national testing in England. Parallels are drawn between testing in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to provide interesting points of comparison and contrast.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures.


Series Preface: Issues in Assessment and Testing.


1. The Origins of the National Tests.

2. Influences on the Structure of the National Tests.

3. The Development of the Tasks and Tests: Background and Summary.

4. Developing the Tasks and Tests: Some Technical Issues.

5. The Tests at Key Stage 1: The Storm and the Calm.

6. The Tests at Key Stage 2: High Profile Testing.

7. The Tests at Key Stage 3: Controversy and and Change.

8. Some Conclusions: Purposes, Ideals and Realities.

Glossary of Acronyms.



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Author Information

Professor Diane Shorrocks-Taylor is a member of the School of Education and Director of the Assessment and Evaluation Unit at the University of Leeds, UK.
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