High stakes testing assessment: the deus ex machina of quality in education

Padro, Fernando F. (2013) High stakes testing assessment: the deus ex machina of quality in education. In: De-testing and de-grading schools: alternatives to accountability and standardization. Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education (451). Peter Lang, New York, NY. United States, pp. 27-43. ISBN 978-1-4331-2239-2


This chapter discusses the notion of quality and those strands that contextualize the expectation of what quality is. Many of the issues are not technical in nature, they are political. Assessment is used as a proxy for quality, but the question is, what is quality? The corollary, therefore, is who determines what quality is? The discussion reflects how assessment and quality are used as proxies for each other. The emphasis is on how higher education in the USA is facing the external influences attempting to shape the discussion.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Division of Academic Services - Learning and Teaching Support
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2014 11:05
Last Modified: 03 May 2017 05:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: assessment; quality; proxy; system of profound knowledge
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25027

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