China’s new education reform: Reducing importance of test scores

Washington Post

At the blogsite of Valerie Strauss, Yong Zhao writes, “The Chinese Ministry of Education has just launched another major reform effort to reduce the importance of testing in education … ‘The tendency to evaluate education quality based simply on student test scores and school admissions rate has not been fundamentally changed,” says the document. “These problems [of evaluation] severely hamper student development as a whole person, stunt their healthy growth, and limit opportunities to cultivate social responsibilities, creative spirit, and practical abilities in students’ … The new evaluation framework attempt to end the use of test scores and success rates of sending students to higher-level schools as the only measure of education quality. Instead, it drastically broadens the scope of indicators.

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