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Basic Competency Assessment

The Coordinating Committee on Basic Competency Assessment and Assessment Literacy
 

Established in October 2014, the Coordinating Committee on Basic Competency Assessment and Assessment Literacy (Committee) is tasked with recommending directions for the development of “Basic Competency Assessments” (including “Territory-wide System Assessment” (TSA) and “Student Assessment”) as well as the enhancement of assessment literacy among schools. 

 

The Education Bureau (EDB) announced in late October 2015 that the Committee would conduct a comprehensive review of the implementation of TSA.  Two working groups have been set up under the Committee to conduct an in-depth study of the reporting and administration and the papers and question design of TSA respectively, with a view to recommending short, medium and long-term improvement measures. The Committee submitted to EDB the “Report on Review of the Territory-wide System Assessment” in February 2016, and the report on the review of the arrangements of the Territory-wide System Assessment (TSA) and the 2016 Tryout Study (Primary 3) (Tryout Study) in December 2016.

 

 

2016 Tryout Study (Primary 3)

Based on the recommendations by the Committee, the 2016 Tryout Study (Primary 3) should be implemented as a tryout arrangement in order to obtain views on the adjusted assessment papers and question design together with the different formats of reporting.  The outcome of the 2016 Tryout Study would be appropriately adopted for enhancement of the 2017 assessment arrangement.

 

Support Measures

A series of support measures has been provided for schools participating in the 2016 Tryout Study (Primary 3).  Schools could join according to their needs.  The support measures include:

  1. organising seminars and providing on-site services for participating schools to enhance their capacity of deploying assessment strategies, designing assessment tasks and questions, and making use of TSA data to provide feedback to learning and teaching;
  2. giving priority to access school-based support services in 2016/17 to participating schools that wish to incorporate experience gained from the tryout study in the development of their school-based curriculum;
  3. engaging participating schools in joint research and development projects conducted by tertiary institutions on developing teaching and assessment materials as well as designing learning activities; and
  4. co-organising education seminars for parents with participating schools to promote understanding of assessment literacy.

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Comparison of the “New” and “Old” Versions of TSA 

 

“Old” Version of TSA

“New” Version of TSA 

1. Assessment papers and question design

  • Individual questions are relatively difficult, not serving the purpose of assessing Basic Competencies
  • More texts have to be completed in the reading assessment
  • Overall speaking, the questions are “easier” than before, aligning with the requirements of Basic Competencies of Primary 3 students
  • The number of texts in the reading assessment is reduced (from three to two for the Chinese Language assessment; and from four to three for the English Language assessment)

2. School reports

  • Only one type of report is made available
  • Four types of reports are made available, which provide detailed information on item analysis for adjusting teaching arrangements 
  • Schools may, in the light of school context and on a subject basis, choose one or more types of reports (with detailed analysis for provision of feedback to learning and teaching/with or without territory-wide data)
  • Teachers’ workload of analysing TSA data can be lightened

3. Professional support measures

  • Workshops and seminars, school-based support, talks for parents, etc.
  • The aim is to deepen schools’ understanding of how to use data in the assessment reports and integrate them with internal assessment data to develop and enhance school-based curriculum planning and learning activities to provide feedback to learning and teaching, and formulate relevant follow-up measures having regard to the learning difficulties encountered by students
  • The measures include conducting intensive workshops on better use of assessment strategies and enhancement of learning and teaching, providing on-site services, developing teaching and assessment materials in collaboration with tertiary institutions, and co-organising parent education activities with schools

4. A questionnaire survey on students’ learning attitude and motivation

  • Not available
  • This is a new initiative to collect students’ non-academic data (e.g. time spent on extra-curricular activities, learning interests and motivation, etc.) with a view to providing schools with more information to gain a better understanding of the factors affecting learning performance and to provide further assistance for student learning

Other Recommendations Made in the Committee’s Report:

Removing stakes

  • Internal communication within EDB should be strengthened and clear guidelines should be set out on the use of TSA data.
  • TSA has been removed from “Key Performance Measures” for primary schools since 2014 to alleviate schools’ concerns about the stakes involved in the use of assessment data.

Enhancing co-operation and communication among various sectors

  • A framework to encourage participation of various sectors has been introduced, which highlights the principles, strategies and respective roles of participation.  It is hoped that through concerted efforts of all sectors, we can gather strength to serve the function of “assessment for learning”, so as to benefit students by enhancing learning and teaching.
  • Close communication with various stakeholders should be maintained on an ongoing basis to gather views and suggestions to serve as reference for the development of TSA.

Administrative Arrangements for TSA:

Sampling

  • TSA can provide data at the system and school levels. If conducted on a sampling basis, TSA can only provide data at the system level, while its function of providing feedback at the school level will be lost, since the number of participants in each school is insufficient to prepare reports at the school level with reference value.

In alternate years or every three years

  • If TSA is conducted in alternate years or after a longer period of time, schools can only obtain feedback data in alternate years or after a longer period of time. Schools will not be able to address the issues by reviewing curriculum planning and adjusting learning and teaching in a timely manner.

On an anonymous basis

  • If TSA is conducted on an anonymous basis, it can only provide data at the system level, not capable of serving the function of providing feedback at the school level.

 

  

“STAR” (upgraded version of ‘Student Assessment’)

“STAR” is an online assessment repository, capable of assessing through a computer system the performance* of participating students, and generating instant assessment reports for teachers’ reference.  Student Assessment has been upgraded to the STAR platform (http://star.hkedcity.net), which can be accessed through the website of Hong Kong Education City.  It will start to be available from Friday, 30 September 2016 to allow users to explore this new platform.

*Except Writing and Speaking in Chinese and English Languages

 

 

Territory-wide System Assessment

In 2000, the Education Commission proposed to introduce Basic Competency Assessments in its report entitled “Learning for Life. Learning through Life” to better enhance the effectiveness of learning and teaching.  TSA is one of the components of Basic Competency Assessments.  TSA is an assessment on students’ basic competencies in Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics upon completion of the three key learning stages (i.e. Primary 3, Primary 6 and Secondary 3 levels).  Basic competencies form part of the curriculum and are embedded in schools’ everyday teaching and internal assessments.  Students are expected to acquire the basic competencies in the three subjects in order to proceed effectively to the next key learning stage.

 

At the territory-wide level, TSA data enables the Government to review education policies and provide focused support for schools. 

 

At the school level, TSA serves the function of promoting “assessment for learning” by providing schools with information that helps teachers identify the overall strengths and weaknesses of students and formulate plans to improve the effectiveness of learning and teaching in light of the assessment data and their schools’ development needs.  In general, after analysing students’ performance in TSA, schools will follow up through various measures, such as adjusting the teaching content, revamping the design of worksheets and assessments, and arranging after-school remedial programmes to cater for learner diversity.
 

Web-based Learning and Teaching Support (WLTS)

http://wlts.edb.hkedcity.net/ 

“Web-based Learning and Teaching Support” is an online platform for the development of students’ basic competencies, providing ready-made learning activities and materials developed to address learning difficulties for teachers’ reference and use.

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Resources

Powerpoint

Understanding Basic Competency Assessment (Chinese Version)

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2016 Tryout Study and 2017 Basic Competency Assessment Research Study (Chinese Version)

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TSA, International Survey: Purpose and Method (Chinese Version)

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Data analysis of TSA cohort study (Chinese Version)

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Video 

2016 Tryout Study (Primary 3) and 2017 Basic Competency Assessment Research Study

Basic Competency Assessment Research Study

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Enhance the assessment papers and question design (short version)

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Enhance the assessment papers and question design (long version)

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Questionnaire Survey on Students' learning attitudes and motivation (short version)

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Questionnaire Survey on Students' learning attitudes and motivation (long version)

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Professional support measures

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2016 Tryout Study (Primary 3)  Sharing of school experience

SKH Tin Shui Wai Ling Oi Primary School

School’s sharing

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Principal’s sharing

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Teacher’s sharing

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Parent’s sharing

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Lok Sin Tong Lau Tak Primary School

School’s sharing

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Principal’s sharing

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Teacher’s sharing 1

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Teacher’s sharing 2

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Teacher’s sharing 3

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Parent’s sharing

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PLK HKTA Yuen Yuen Primary School

School’s sharing

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Principal’s sharing

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Teacher’s sharing

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Parent’s sharing

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SAHK Jockey Club Elaine Field School

School’s sharing

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Principal’s sharing

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Teacher’s sharing 1

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Teacher’s sharing 2

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Teacher’s sharing 3

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Teacher’s sharing 4

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Quality Primary Education Seminar

How to Enhance Learning in Chinese, English and Mathematics(Ms Shirley Loo, General Secretary of The Family Development Foundation)

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TSA Series

Series (1): The truth about TSA (Cantonese with Chinese subtitles)

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Series (2): Effective learning – Mechanical drilling doesn’t help (Cantonese with Chinese subtitles)

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Series (3): Use of assessment data for effective teaching (Cantonese with Chinese subtitles)

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Series (4): Web-based Learning and Teaching Support (WLTS) and School-based Support Services (Cantonese with Chinese subtitles)

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Introduction to TSA

For parents (Cantonese with English subtitles)

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For schools (Cantonese with English subtitles)

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Fact Sheet and Leaflet

Safeguarding the healthy development of children, supporting the autonomy of the education profession  (Chinese Version)

Initiative

Understanding the different aspects of TSA (Chinese Version)

Fact sheet

Assessment for Learning – Territory-wide System Assessment (For Schools)

Leaflet

Basic Competency Assessment

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