Reflections on Curriculum Reform Based on the Pillars of Test-based Accountability and Parental Choice
This article reflected on the curriculum policy in Taiwan based on the foreign curriculum reform experience dominated by school choice and test-based accountability. Influenced by neoliberalism and globalization, numerous countries adopted the concept of liberalization and marketization into curriculum reform. Accountability and parental choice become two dominant reform initiatives. The accountability of schools is assessed based on the passing rate of high-stakes testing, while the parents select the school for their children based on school accountability. Due to the pressure to raise test scores, teachers are compelled to teach to the test. The article highlighted the curriculum policy based on neoliberalism in America, Brazil, Japan and select countries in north Europe. The problems of teaching to the test and education equality damage caused by the curriculum reform then were discussed. Finally, some reflections of the curriculum reform in Taiwan were proposed.
|關鍵詞||考試領導教學、家長教育選擇、教育公平、測驗本位績效責任、teaching to the test、parental school choice、education equality、test-based accountability|