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The Global Testing Culture and Teachers: How Emphasizing Tests Shapes Teacher Perceptions and Satisfaction
William Smith, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor
Moray House School of Education and Sport
University of Edinburgh

The Global Testing Culture and Teachers: How Emphasizing Tests Shapes Teacher Perceptions and Satisfaction

Abstract

Quality in education is increasingly identified through the limited metrics of student test scores. Combined with high stakes on teachers and schools, the resulting testing culture, prevalent in many countries around the globe, shapes the actions of educators as they work through the increased stress and try to ensure the survival of the school. This presentation will look at how the presence of a school testing culture, including the emphasis of student test scores in high stakes teacher evaluations, relate to teacher perceptions of evaluation utility and their satisfaction with working at that school. Using data from the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), patterns in teacher evaluations and more test obsessed countries are identified before a pooled analysis demonstrates the detrimental association between school testing culture and teacher satisfaction. Results have implications for how teacher evaluations are used and how, or if, tests should be a focal point in schools.

Mar 8, 2022 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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