Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This report (61 page PDF) is undated, but based on the website and other coverage, it appears to have come out yesterday. It outlines Pearson's inquiry into into the future of qualifications and assessment in England. Not surprisingly there's a focus on the seven recommendations but the text of the report is interesting reading in its own right. For example: "assessments no longer test students' abilities but rather force them to demonstrate feats of memory or 'how much more you can study and regurgitate'. A participant from our Expert Panel noted many assessment practices are 'fact-based' at the expense of independent learning and critical thinking skills." There's much more criticism, and whether or not you agree with the recommendations there's still a lot to think about here.

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