Education by Numbers : The Tyranny of Testing, Paperback

Education by Numbers : The Tyranny of Testing Paperback



It sounded a noble aim, for New Labour to prioritise education, education, education.

The method they chose since coming to power was a relentless attempt to raise standards by an obsession with tests and exams in every school, almost at every age level. (Ages 5, 7, 11, 14, 16, 17 and 18.) By using these scores to hold schools to account as never before, they planned to focus attention on each pupil's progress and thereby raise total standards.

However well intentioned, it has become clear that these tests also have damaging side effects, as teachers are forced to adopt shortcuts to improve statistics, whether or not they are in the pupil's best interest.

The tests may be good for government, but they do not produce a rounded child, and standards do not rise as hoped for.

Warwick Mansell, a journalist with the TES, is the only journalist researching the subject in detail, and reveals how intention and practice widely differ so widely.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
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  • Category: Examinations & assessment
  • ISBN: 9781842751992



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