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[SHENYANG, CHINA] Educational authorities across the nation are embracing newly amended rules to prevent cheating on upcoming college entrance exams.
The Danish minister of education is quoted: “I am happy that we as the first country in the world had the vision to let students use the internet during their exams. The internet is an integrated part of students’ everyday lives and education so this development is natural. The experiment shows there is a range of positive effects.”
The number of standardized tests students have to take is about to increase, but the according to a national survey from Scholastic and the Gates Foundation, the nation’s teachers overwhelmingly don’t see the high-stakes exams as essential.
The survey asked more than 10,000 educators about their classrooms, schools, and how student and teacher performances should be measured. A huge majority of teachers believe in measuring student achievement, but they believe it should be measured with a variety of assessments, not just standardized tests. (via Only 7 Percent of Teachers Believe in Standardized Tests - Education - GOOD)

The number of standardized tests students have to take is about to increase, but the according to a national survey from Scholastic and the Gates Foundation, the nation’s teachers overwhelmingly don’t see the high-stakes exams as essential.

The survey asked more than 10,000 educators about their classrooms, schools, and how student and teacher performances should be measured. A huge majority of teachers believe in measuring student achievement, but they believe it should be measured with a variety of assessments, not just standardized tests. (via Only 7 Percent of Teachers Believe in Standardized Tests - Education - GOOD)

Bright students are starting university unable to structure an essay because of the “damage” caused by test-driven schooling, Cambridge academics warned on Monday. (via Bright students ‘cannot write essays’, say Cambridge dons - Telegraph)

Bright students are starting university unable to structure an essay because of the “damage” caused by test-driven schooling, Cambridge academics warned on Monday. (via Bright students ‘cannot write essays’, say Cambridge dons - Telegraph)

Exams are ruining children’s time at school, says former schools adviser Professor Mick Waters

Prof Waters, who is now Professor of Education at the University of Wolverhampton said children were being denied the right to enjoy school because of the pressure to hit targets. He said: “We’ve got to have the nerve [as teachers] to enjoy their childhood with children.

“One of my main worries would be that many youngsters aren’t experiencing the richness, depth and joy of learning because of schools feeling they need to achieve some imposed and questionable targets.

[SOUTH KOREA] Most South Korean students consider their final year in high school “the year of hell.” It is when all students are put to the ultimate test.
About 700,000 test applicants sat down in classrooms across the country Thursday to take their college entrance exams — also known as the College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT).
The stock markets opened an hour late, buses and subway services were increased and police cars offered rides for students, all to ensure they made it on time. (via South Korean students’ ‘year of hell’ culminates with exams day - CNN.com)

[SOUTH KOREA] Most South Korean students consider their final year in high school “the year of hell.” It is when all students are put to the ultimate test.

About 700,000 test applicants sat down in classrooms across the country Thursday to take their college entrance exams — also known as the College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT).

The stock markets opened an hour late, buses and subway services were increased and police cars offered rides for students, all to ensure they made it on time. (via South Korean students’ ‘year of hell’ culminates with exams day - CNN.com)

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[ENGLAND] The riots suggest that the education system must concern itself with a lot more than simple exam results … This summer’s exam results don’t tell us which pupils will make the most responsible citizens or the best parents. These skills aren’t easily measured or weighed, and we don’t have a marks system that charts individual progress. As a result, we have often given the impression that they are not as important as those things we can measure.
As the bicycle parade pedaled past, onlookers stopped to stare, their eyes temporarily fixed on the parade of cheerful children whizzing past them. “Where are you going?” they called out in wonder. “To Gayéri!” they called. “We are going to take our CEP exams!”
Students from the Bandakidini Primary School on their way to their exams in Gayéri, the provincial capital of Burkina Faso and twelve miles away from their village, were a sight to see. They were riding on new bicycles, provided to them through the Ambassadors’ Girls’ Scholarship Program (AGSP), which is funded by USAID. (via World Education - Feature Stories - Benin: Batonga Girls’ Education Program)

As the bicycle parade pedaled past, onlookers stopped to stare, their eyes temporarily fixed on the parade of cheerful children whizzing past them. “Where are you going?” they called out in wonder. “To Gayéri!” they called. “We are going to take our CEP exams!”

Students from the Bandakidini Primary School on their way to their exams in Gayéri, the provincial capital of Burkina Faso and twelve miles away from their village, were a sight to see. They were riding on new bicycles, provided to them through the Ambassadors’ Girls’ Scholarship Program (AGSP), which is funded by USAID. (via World Education - Feature Stories - Benin: Batonga Girls’ Education Program)

Concerned at the growing number of students diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety disorders — and more who seem headed that way, especially in Grade 9 — North Toronto Collegiate has launched an unusual program to teach teens how to handle the stress thrust on them by parents, the school system, and themselves.
Through lunch workshops in meditation and kick-boxing, laughter therapy and yoga and even listening to new-age music played on crystals, the school is trying to teach kids what guidance head Michelle de Braux calls “the fourth R — relaxation.” (via The fourth R — helping stressed-out students relax - Parentcentral.ca)

Concerned at the growing number of students diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety disorders — and more who seem headed that way, especially in Grade 9 — North Toronto Collegiate has launched an unusual program to teach teens how to handle the stress thrust on them by parents, the school system, and themselves.

Through lunch workshops in meditation and kick-boxing, laughter therapy and yoga and even listening to new-age music played on crystals, the school is trying to teach kids what guidance head Michelle de Braux calls “the fourth R — relaxation.” (via The fourth R — helping stressed-out students relax - Parentcentral.ca)

Teachers at some schools in China this year are taking what appears to be a more Western approach to calm their students, instead of piling on the stress as they usually do.