Activity 3

Assessment for Accountability

Over the past two decades in schools in England and Wales, assessment has been a topic of great debate. In the early 1990s, league tables were introduced to compare schools' examination and national test performances. These league tables have been published annually in national newspapers. A growing sense of public accountability has put great pressure on both teachers and schools.

Many teachers now argue that, as a result, teachers teach to the test and concentrate more on what is to be tested than on the full breadth of the curriculum.

WRITE: Write about the national approach to school assessment in your own country.

  • To what extent does it aim to make teachers and schools accountable to parents and the general public?
  • To what extent do you feel that your country's approach to examinations and tests has a positive effect on education?

(Allow 30 minutes)