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Stephen Downes

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I have to admit that I laughed a bit when I read about the 'think tank' recommending learners "take an additional subject in year 12 assessed solely by speaking tests" in order to "to broaden the curriculum while curbing the risk of AI chatbot cheating." Really? Broaden the curriculum? The Schools Week article also says that "EDSK, which is run by Tom Richmond a former Department for Education adviser, warned written exams must continue to be the main method of assessing students' knowledge and understanding." In fairness, it should be noted that the report (79 page PDF) also considers portfolio-based and project-based assessment, as well as the International Baccalaureate (IB) Extended Essay (EE) and performance-based assessments. I think the report depends too much on testing, is too quick to dismiss project-based and EE assessment, and doesn't take into account the practical costs of oral assessments. Interestingly, I clicked on the hidden advertising link for VCerts assessments at least three times while reading the Schools Week article, which tells me where their sympathies lie.

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