Time to Reimagine Assessment

Editorial for CTL 8.2/3. Creativity should be at the heart of assessment as well as education.

It seems that Ofsted, the government’s official educational inspection and regulatory body, is starting to pay attention to the fact that the government’s obsession with exam results has created the disastrous outcomes predicted by teachers, researchers and educational experts, and they are creating a new inspection framework that will include a new ‘quality of education’ score that can then be monitored.1 According to a source for the Sunday Times, ‘Schools where teachers just think about how you get exam results and not what is best for the children to learn will be marked down. The chief inspector wants to shift a culture that is betraying a generation.’ This is a positive move, but the inherent subjectivity of qualitative assessments was what they were rallying against in the first place, so it is unlikely for real change to occur any time soon. 

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