An introduction to the global testing culture

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Abstract

The global testing culture permeates all areas of education, re-conceptualizing the role of educational actors, the aims of education, and the accepted practices of education, as well as the general position of education in society. Characterized by census-based standardized testing with links to high-stakes
outcomes, the global testing culture can be seen in the expansion of testing and accountability systems around the world and the increasingly ‘common-sense’ notion that testing is synonymous with accountability, which is synonymous with education quality. This chapter describes the foundational attributes, including the core assumptions, values, and cultural models, that define the normative expectations of actors in the global testing culture. The final section introduces the rest of the volume, which seeks to explore how the global testing culture is embedded in and reinforced by policy and practices of stakeholders at all levels, and to provide case studies exploring the incorporation of testing in national contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Global Testing Culture
Subtitle of host publicationShaping Education Policy, Perceptions, and Practice
EditorsWilliam C. Smith
PublisherSymposium Books
Pages7-24
ISBN (Print)9781873927724
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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