In education, testing does not raise stated standards

Those who believe educational performance can be raised to standards by frequent, more rigorous and robust testing are using a non-pedagogic definition of education. Were they to do so they would know (a) that standards are stated eg. run a marathon in under 3 hours, recite the alphabet forwards and then backwards in under 2 minutes and (b) that teaching and testing are but two faces of the same page; for what sense does it make to teach tomorrow without founding it on today’s performance?

The media are as complicit as politicians in confounding standards and performance, as are many so-called educationists!

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