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Assessment, accountability and the literacy curriculum: reimagining the future in the light of the past

Moss, G; (2017) Assessment, accountability and the literacy curriculum: reimagining the future in the light of the past. Literacy , 51 (2) pp. 56-64. 10.1111/lit.12104. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper explores the dynamic to education system reform in England, highlighting the challenges the range of policy tools in use have created for policymakers, practitioners and researchers alike. Taking literacy policy in England as a ‘telling case’, I will argue that far from holding the answer to successful system reform, high-stakes testing and the migration of system-level data into the public domain create a series of challenges for politicians that they cannot satisfactorily solve. In turn, policymakers' attempts to manage the problems away are further compounding the difficulties teachers face. As policymakers' commitments to bringing about well-motivated change waver, research and practitioner communities need to work more closely together to successfully reimagine a purposeful and engaged literacy curriculum for all.

Type: Article
Title: Assessment, accountability and the literacy curriculum: reimagining the future in the light of the past
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/lit.12104
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/lit.12104
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: literacy policy; National Literacy Strategy; social imaginaries; literacy curriculum; assessment
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1547641
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