Researchers find new exam system ‘washes down’ to lower years

students with their hands up inside a classroom

QUT researcher, former secondary teacher and Head of English, Julie Arnold, is reviewing assessment learning practices with a recent study published in Review of Education.

Studying her PhD at QUT, she is also a part of the Australian Research Council’s Linkage research project, Improving outcomes through accessible assessment and inclusive practice, overseen by leading education academics Professor Linda Graham and Associate Professor Jill Willis.

Ms Arnold (pictured below) said the new exam system has brought about a “washback effect”, with teachers under pressure to make sure their students are prepared, bringing senior curriculum content and marking criteria forward. Read more here.

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