Although this was written with US schools in mind, I found many parts of the article applicable to the Australian school system. The author discusses using tests to judge teachers’ performance:
“No school in any country, at any time in history, ever tried doing something like this, and for good reason. It means that all that goes on in school is preparation for tests. There is no spontaneity, no creativity, no possibility of responding to new opportunities for learning that relate to events that occur locally, nationally, or globally. It also means play and pleasure are erased from the school experience, and that students are put under constant stress, maximized by teachers who know that their own job security depends on student performance.”
Sad, but true!