Newman Burdett

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Newman Burdett is a freelance educational assessment expert.

How their work relates to education systems

In "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Testing as a Key Part of the Education Ecosystem," Burdett explores the need for good, accurate information within education systems and how this relates to testing, assessment, and measurement. In many developing countries, "there is either no effective monitoring of learning or the current testing regimes are part of the problem."[1] Burdett argues that testing is a powerful behavioral driver, and exams should be closely aligned to desired outcomes to ensure high quality learning. Ultimately, education systems research must develop an understanding of "how poorly designed assessment and accountability systems undermine education systems, and conversely how to integrate well-designed measurement within the system," to truly begin to improve learning outcomes.[1]

In "Review of High Stakes Examination Instruments in Primary and Secondary School in Developing Countries", Burdett compares high-stakes testing materials from Uganda, Nigeria, India, and Pakistan with those from higher-income countries. The study found that the assessments in these low- and middle-income countries had a very low proportion of higher-order skills.[2]

Brief biography

Newman Burdett is a member of the RISE Intellectual Leadership Team. He is an educational assessment expert and has previously been Head of Ministry Partnerships working on state education and examination reform projects for Cambridge Assessment. He was also the Head of the Centre for International Comparisons at the National Foundational for Educational Research in the UK, responsible for PISA and TIMSS in the UK.[3]

Key publications related to education systems

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Burdett, N. 2016. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Testing as a Key Part of the Education Ecosystem. RISE Working Paper Series. 16/010. https://doi.org/10.35489/BSG-RISE-WP_2016/010
  2. Burdett, N. 2017. Review of High Stakes Examination Instruments in Primary and Secondary School in Developing Countries. RISE Working Paper Series. 17018. https://doi.org/10.35489/BSG-RISE-WP_2017/018
  3. "Newman Burdett". RISE Programme. Retrieved 2021-08-25. https://riseprogramme.org/people/newman-burdett