Too Young to Fail: Standardising Literacy in the Early Years of Schooling
Standardised testing in early childhood education has a direct impact on how teachers teach. In 2015, Western Australian early childhood teachers were invited to complete a questionnaire to provide feedback on their perceptions of standardised testing in the context of the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF) implementation. Findings from 365 teachers showed that standardised testing was not aligned with the EYLF, but rather with a government-mandated formal literacy assessment regime that overshadowed teachers’ implementation of the framework and diminished opportunities for children to learn literacy through play-based learning approaches.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 1, 2018
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