To investigate the danger that high-stakes assessment distorts curriculum provision

Aim

To investigate the danger that high-stakes assessment distorts curriculum provision.

Evidence and reflection

Talk to several teachers about the assessments their pupils undertake, in particular those that are reported publicly. Ask them about any concerns they may have. Enquire if it has been necessary to change curriculum provision to ensure that the children can perform respectably in important tests. Ask if public reporting of assessment results broadens, narrows or makes no difference to the curriculum which they provide.

Extension

You could reflect on a potentially very significant dilemma here. A National Curriculum often sets broad curriculum aims, whilst national assessment procedures test only a narrow range. Does one undermine the other?