Assessment for Learning
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. “Report on Review of the Territory-wide System Assessment” was submitted by the Committee to EDB in February 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.
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:
“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)
“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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