Infantile accountability: When big data meet small children

Wrigley, Terry and Wormwell, Louise (2016) Infantile accountability: When big data meet small children. Improving Schools, 19 (2). pp. 105-118. ISSN 1365-4802

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This article examines a government attempt to impose testing of 4-year-olds as a baseline against which to ‘hold primary schools accountable’ for children’s subsequent progress. It examines the various forms of baseline testing in this experiment and analyses the misleading claims made for the ‘predictive validity’ of baseline scores. The article also takes a broader look at standardised ways of tracking children’s attainment and progress to the end of primary school and tacit assumptions of linear progress underpinning large-scale data-based accountability processes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ability, accountability, assessment, baseline, high-stakes testing, potential
Subjects: L500 Social Work
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2016 10:07
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 11:31

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