Are These Testing Times, or Is It a Time to Test? Considering the Place of Tests in Students’ Academic Development

  • Andrew J. Martin
Part of the Policy Implications of Research in Education book series (PIRE, volume 3)


Recent efforts to tie students’ test results to teacher- and school-level consequences and accountability have led to testing times in the education sector. Whilst recognizing numerous concerns with accountability and high stakes testing, this chapter identifies potentially useful applications of testing. It argues that when designed for student-level feedback and intervention, testing is a vital basis for students’ educational development – but not a basis for teacher- and school-level consequences and accountability. The chapter then looks at promising directions in the use of tests to assess students’ academic development. It is suggested that a growth-oriented approach to student testing and assessment redresses limitations associated with accountability and high stakes assessment and can be a basis for effective educational practice.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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