Yong Zhao, who was born and educated in China and is now a
professor at the University of Oregon, reports on China’s
new education reform plans
To relieve the pressure on
young children and to encourage creativity, China is reducing
testing, homework, and tracking.

Yong Zhao reports: “No standardized
tests, no written homework, no tracking. These are some of the new
actions China is taking to lessen student academic burden. The
Chinese Ministry of Education released Ten Regulations to Lessen
Academic Burden for Primary School Students this week for public
commentary. The Ten Regulations are introduced as one more
significant measure to reform China’s education, in addition to
further reduction of academic content, lowering the academic rigor
of textbooks, expanding criteria for education quality, and
improving teacher capacity.” Among the kep points in the draft plan
are: “No Homework. No written homework is allowed in primary
schools. Schools can however assign appropriate experiential
homework by working with parents and community resources to arrange
field trips, library visits, and craft activities. “Reducing
Testing. No standardized testing is allowed for grades 1 through 3;
For 4th grade and up, standardized testing is only allowed once per
semester for Chinese language, math, and foreign language. Other
types of tests cannot be given more than twice per semester.” Just
as the Obama administration and the Common Core are increasing the
number of tests and driving them down even to kindergarten
children, the Chinese are going in the opposite direction.