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									Assessment and Innovation in
        Education
  OECD/France Workshop - Innovation
  Strategy: Education and Competences
                                 Janet Looney
                                 7 December 2009
Do high-stakes assessments undermine
educational innovation?
First questions:
• Why innovate?
• What counts as innovation?
• What is the role of assessment?
• What are the stakes in high-stakes assessments?
High-Stakes Assessments:

   • Help keep the focus on centrally developed
     standards and curriculum
   • Provide incentives to improve teaching
   • Place the emphasis on helping all students to
     achieve to high standards
   • Improve transparency (particularly important
     in systems promoting school choice)
   • Serve as a powerful tool for communication
     in the political realm
   • Serve as tool for selecting students for
     admission to higher education institutions
     with limited places
Tensions underlying assessment and
innovation in education

• Conflicting views as to “what education is for”
• Tensions between high-stakes and school
  empowerment/risks inherent in innovation
• Assessment and evaluation are vital to innovation,
  but also have the potential to undermine it
The evidence

The weight of the evidence points to the difficulty
of schools and teachers initiating and/or sustaining
innovation in a high-stakes assessment
environment. High-stakes assessments do little to
support and may undermine educational
innovation.
Technical and social challenges
 • Difficulty of achieving “tight alignment”
 • Incentives to teach to the test
 • Evidence of negative impact on student and teacher
   motivation and engagement (although positive impact
   seen with mid-stakes assessments)
 • Challenge of shifting attention from student outcomes
   on high stakes assessments to use of data for school
   improvement
Reconciling assessment and innovation

 • Promoting innovative approaches to assessment
 • Rethinking alignment
 • Using multiple measures of student and school
   performance
 • Creating a better balance between high stakes and
   school empowerment
 • Supporting teachers (and students) to take risks inherent
   in the innovation process
     Thank you

janetlooney1@yahoo.fr

								
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