Teacher assessment 'as good as tests' at predicting success

tes | May 13, 2019

Teacher assessments are as reliable as exams at predicting educational success - raising questions about the value of the testing culture, a new study suggests. Researchers say their findings, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, question whether the benefits of standardised exams outweigh the costs.The research comes ahead of hundreds of thousands of Year 6 children starting their Sats today.It found teacher assessments correlated strongly with test results across English, maths and science from age seven to 14, with both measures equally effective at predicting later exam success. According to the study, teacher assessments predicted around 90 per cent of the differences between pupils in exam performance at GCSE and A level.Co-lead researcher Dr Kaili Rimfeld, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London, said: "We have shown for the first time that teacher assessments predict GCSE and A-level results just as well as earlier exam scores. "The fact that exam scores correlate so highly with the teacher assessments raises questions about the value of the testing culture that characterises compulsory education in the UK."

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Over the years, there has been a paradigm shift in the way learners learn. In the traditional mode of learning, learners did not have the flexibility to learn as per their convenience. However, with the advent of eLearning, learning has become more flexible and convenient. The current generation prefers learning on the go, and this is made easy with online learning.

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Over the years, there has been a paradigm shift in the way learners learn. In the traditional mode of learning, learners did not have the flexibility to learn as per their convenience. However, with the advent of eLearning, learning has become more flexible and convenient. The current generation prefers learning on the go, and this is made easy with online learning.

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