Standardised testing has been in common usage in schools around the world for many years now. These days, more and more national educational institutions are relying on the results of benchmark testing to drive their curriculum.
This is primarily because standardised testing is the same for each and every student. Therefore, by looking at the results, educators can identify whether their curriculum is providing a high level of education or where improvements can be made to offer their students a better educational experience.
Here are 3 reasons why more and more national educational institutions are relying on the results from standardised testing to drive the curriculum for schools in their jurisdiction.
1. The Testing Is Standardised
Standardised testing uses a set range of questions to test the knowledge of all students around the world. This means that no matter where the students are located, they all have to answer the exact same questions on the primary topics of English, Mathematics, and Science.
In other words, these benchmark tests are designed to ensure that all students have a similar level of knowledge, no matter where they are in the world. This is particularly important in our global economy because it ensures that our educational institutions are providing their students with the same level of education whether they reside in Australia, the US, or anywhere else in the world.
Ultimately, it ensures that the curriculum that is being taught meets the same standards and that no students are disadvantaged due to a lack of high-level education.
2. It Identifies Gaps In The Current Curriculum
When educational institutions evaluate the results from standardised testing and compare them to the results from other schools around the world, it allows them to identify gaps in their curriculum.
For example, overall, their students may be excelling in one area, such as mathematics, but may be well below the standard in another subject area, such as science.
These results allow educators to have a really close look at their curriculum to see why their students are not performing to the standards of other schools. With this knowledge in hand, these educators can adjust the curriculum as well as the method of teaching to ensure that their students can achieve better results.
The ultimate goal of all educational institutions is to ensure that their students at least reach the standard benchmark results or, more importantly, rise above them.
3. Standardised Tests Allow Educators The Opportunity For Collaboration
As educational institutions evaluate the results from standardised tests, it allows them the opportunity to collaborate with other schools in their region. In other words, it opens the door for more open communication between different schools.
For example, one school in the region may have excellent results in the English tests but may be falling behind in mathematics. On the other hand, another school’s students may have tested very well in maths but may have achieved lower results in English.
In this case, the educators from both schools can enter into communications that allow them to study the curriculum from both schools to identify the differences. This can help both schools to improve their curriculum so that all the students have the benefit of receiving the best possible education of the highest standards.
National educational institutions are relying more and more on the results of standardised testing to drive their curriculum. This allows them to adjust their curriculum to ultimately raise the standard of education that each institution provides to its students.