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Tests worth teaching to

Incentivising quality in qualifications and accountability

By Gabriel H. Sahlgren
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About the Author

Gabriel H. Sahlgren

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren is Director of Research at The Centre for Market Reform of Education and Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs.

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Introduction: the other education market and how to improve it
Gabriel Heller Sahlgren

1. The history of qualifications and the role of competition
J. R. Shackleton

Introduction
The early history of school exams
From GCE and CSE to GCSE, and associated administrative and regulatory changes
How A Levels have changed
Have standards fallen?
Is competition good or bad?
Conclusion
References

2. The 'qualifications sledgehammer': why assessment-led reform has dominated the education landscape
Tim Oates

Introduction: assessment and qualifications as drivers for education reform
Taking the brunt of it: the unmanageably contradictory pressures imposed on
qualifications and assessment
Modularisation: a case in point
The importance of a coherent incentive structure: what we can learn from Finland
Conclusion: authentic piloting and responsiveness to unintended consequences
References

3. Regulatory overkill: school accountability, qualifications, and the future
Dale Bassett

Introduction: view from the back seat
A bang and a whimper
Homogenisation: or, how 'standards' have trumped quality
Oligopoly: or, how high-stakes accountability stifles the benefits that might accrue in a functioning qualifications market
Slaying the accountability behemoth
Conclusion: producing qualifications that support education
References

4. The vocational question: in pursuit of quality rather than equivalence
Geoffrey Holden

Introduction
Qualification-based reform and the growing role of the state
A broad education system
Levels and the myth of equivalence
The problem of competence
Knowledge- and curriculum-based reform
Conclusion and policy solutions
References

5. Incentives and ignorance in qualifications, assessment, and accountability
Robert Coe and Gabriel Heller Sahlgren
Introduction
Quality and purposes of qualifications and assessment
The issue of accountability
Potential advantages and problems of accountability systems
Evidence on the impact of accountability
Features of accountability systems
Reconciling educational goals with demands of accountability
Conclusion
References
Introduction: the other education market and how to improve it
Gabriel Heller Sahlgren

1. The history of qualifications and the role of competition
J. R. Shackleton

Introduction
The early history of school exams
From GCE and CSE to GCSE, and associated administrative and regulatory changes
How A Levels have changed
Have standards fallen?
Is competition good or bad?
Conclusion
Refere ...

Jacket Text

Diversity in qualifications and examinations is a unique feature of the English, Welsh, and Northern Irish education landscapes. But in recent years, partly driven by media reports of scandals, pressure has been mounting to increase regulation or even abolish the existing market outright through the creation of a unitary national exam board. Choice and competition, according to critics, lead to a 'race to the bottom' that dumbs down the qualifications on offer and generates grade inflation.

But should we really blame pressures on quality in the examination system on market incentives, or does responsibility for the present impasse lie rather more with government's failure to attend properly to the design of the incentive structure and regulatory framework? Going forward, is increased regulation the answer? Would monopolisation sort out the problems? If improving the incentives in the market should be the reform priority, how might this be done? This monograph tackles these questions and many more. With contributions from leading thinkers in the field, it challenges the prevailing view that market forces are to blame for the system's ills, and offers a variety of policy solutions, often experimental, to incentivise higher quality.

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