By Kempf

Centering the voices of l. a., Chicago, Ontario, and ny lecturers in a single of the most important comparative stories of its variety, this booklet illustrates the methods elevated use of standardized checking out is essentially altering schooling within the US and Canada, with a unfavourable total impression at the manner lecturers train and scholars learn.

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Common Core appears to be, in teacher parlance, the culminating activity of the standardization movement: a virtual standardization of curriculum and assessment at a national level, developed through consultation with education experts of all stripes, including testing companies such as The History, Logic, and Push for Standardized Testing ● 35 Pearson Education. The role of big business in federal education policy in the development and roll out of Common Core is unprecedented. The use of ST in Canada follows a unique but related trajectory to that in the United States, although without the acceleration represented by NCLB, RTTT, and CCSSI.

The CMEC is best known for its national testing program, developed in 1989 (after nearly decade-long economic crisis) under pressure to better equip Canadian students for a changing economy and workforce. From 1993 to 2004, the CMEC conducted the School Achievement Indicators Program (SAIP). Reinvented as the Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP) in 2007, the standardized test measures the performance of 13- and 16-year-olds. ”18 These additional tests include: The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), the International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS), the Teacher Education and Development Study in Mathematics (TEDS-M), the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).

Founded in 1967, the CMEC is a pan-Canadian intergovernmental body run, as the name suggests, by the Ministers of Education from all 13 jurisdictions. In addition to monies from individual provinces and territories, it is funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, a federal body concerned, among other things, with the relationship between education and the workforce. The CMEC is as close as Canada comes to a federal body on issues of education, and its work (from assessment, to policy recommendations, to reports on licensing directives for teachers) is widely instructive but not prescriptive for education policy at the provincial/territorial and school board levels.

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