What is the best place for testing in schools?
An autistic student got very irate during the GCSE mocks, demanding, “How can I answer this question? My teacher hasn’t taught me the answer to this question.” The question in question was, “How can a pet be a good companion for a person?”: a question which most students we teach could have a go at, and indeed so could he, BUT, in his view, he had not been taught about this, so it was therefore impossible for him to respond.
There are so many things that can go wrong with testing, as this (extreme) example illustrates.
Yet test results dominate teachers’ careers and define young people’s experience of school. Why? All those incessant tests we took as children and young people didn’t change anything. The only test which really changed my life was the driving test. You step into the glorious…
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