Ausgabe 1/2012, 104. Jahrgang S. 88–99
Mandatory Testing as an Instrument for School Quality Development
A Research Survey from an International Perspective
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Ten years ago, German states implemented mandatory testing policies which aim at instructional improvement on school, department and classroom level. However, the concept of test-based quality assurance and quality development is not a new idea. This research survey summarizes main empirical findings on how mandatory testing affected teaching and student learning in different educational contexts. The paper eventually discusses implications for further research on mandatory testing effects in Germany.
mandatory testing, student assessment, quality development, school improvement, school evaluation