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Published on July 17th, 2015 | by ECSWE

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ECSWE signs cooperation agreement with SEDT

In April 2015, a cooperation agreement was signed between ECSWE and the New Zealand based Steiner Education Development Trust (SEDT). Under the agreement, ECSWE will monitor the Steiner School Certificate’s development, promote its take up by national Steiner school federations and individual schools where appropriate in Europe, and provide guidance to SEDT. SEDT issues the SSC (Steiner School Certificate), which is a qualification on three levels (up to the university entrance level) based in New Zealand and accredited and ultimately quality assured by the New Zealand Qualification Authority. More can be found online at http://ecswe.be/projects/dp/.

Replacing learning for assessment with assessment for learning is the goal of ECSWE’s Diploma Project. Through standardised testing, teaching-to-the-test is increasing worldwide.The goal of learning sometimes can degenerate to seeking to do well on examinations. Learning for assessment leads to an industrialisation of education, through an increasingly powerful testing industry.

What the world needs is the opposite: Students taking ownership of their learning in an open learning environment. Instead of straightjacketing learning through a rigid and overly detailed pre-defined curriculum that culminates in standardised testing, education needs an assessment at the service of an open process of learning, with learning outcomes based on key competences and assessment criteria with space to breathe for teachers and students. Such an assessment leaves space for teachers and students to engage in teaching and learning as a dynamic and dialogic learning pathway, against the backdrop of clear standards and learning outcomes that can be individualised.

Detlef Hardorp
Coordinator of the Diploma Project Group
ECSWE

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