Another policy change?

5 January 2007

One chapter of my thesis will almost certainly deal with the policy on assessment of ICT in England… (it would make a boring Mastermind subject though). Today the BBC report yet another possible change. Although it is to do with the possible scrapping of proposed introduction of compulsory on-screen testing at KS3, some of the sentiments expressed might be equally applicable to other assessment regimes. One ICT subject leader Roger Distill is quoted by the BBC:

“One does not need to be a computer geek to realise that the technologies in the real world will have moved on amazingly in that time, while education, as usual, gets left behind as we continue to train our students in the old and limited techniques required to succeed in the test.”

The question here is what is “the real world” of the 14- or 16-year old?