Journal article

The impact of high-stakes testing on curriculum and pedagogy: a teacher perspective from Australia

John Polesel, Suzanne Rice, Nicole Dulfer

Journal of Education Policy | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2014


Debates continue about how high-stakes testing regimes influence schools at all levels: their impact on teaching practices, distribution of resources and curriculum provision, and whether they achieve the intended increases in student achievement in targeted areas. In 2008, the Australian government introduced a national testing scheme, the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), in which all Australian students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are required to participate, and a national website, MySchool, was established in 2010 to publish the results of all schools. This paper reports on the first national study of educators' views on the impact of NAPLAN on Australian schools ..

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