A comparison of the testing movements in China and Washington State reveals a strange irony. While education in Washington, under State and National imperatives, is becoming test driven, China is trying to move away from 14 centuries of test driven education to promote the development of the student as an entire person. This article compares and contrasts the Washington Assessment of Student Learning Tests and fourth and seventh grade examinations used in Baoding, China in terms of content, administration, evolution, and curriculum standards guiding the test content. Curriculum Guides and Assessment Manuals are compared. The historical practice of high stakes testing in China is analyzed and examined to elucidate the growing high stakes testing and accountability movement in America.
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Liu, Jane and Seedorf, Rita
"Ancient Chinese Secret: Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) Tests and High Stakes Tests in China,"
Northwest Journal of Teacher Education: Vol. 4
, Article 9.