The School-Based Assessment Projects
Dr. Chris Davison, Project Leader of the SBA Consultancy Team, based at The University of Hong Kong, who training the trainers
The School-Based Assessment Projects are an interlinked set of research projects which aim to investigate and support the transition from norm-referenced external language assessment to criterion-referenced school-based assessment in senior secondary English teaching in Hong Kong schools. The research is funded by a number of university and government agencies, including the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, the Education and Manpower Bureau through its the Quality Education Fund, the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority, and the University Grants Committee.
The project has two main goals: firstly, to identify and describe the factors which may facilitate and/or hinder the connection of formative assessment and feedback with learning and teaching in a range of different English language situations in Hong Kong; secondly, to provide further stimulation and support for the development of innovative and effective formative and summative assessment and reporting practices in English language teaching in Hong Kong secondary schools.
1. To identify and describe a representative range of senior secondary English language teachers' existing assessment orientations and barriers to change, including the factors that influence and shape their assessment decisions in their classroom;
2. To develop, trial and evaluate a range of content and context-appropriate school-based formative and summative school-based assessment activities, instruments and procedures for senior secondary subject English;
3. To identify and describe the range and type of teacher and school-level support needed for the effective development of such innovative assessment;
4. To document and disseminate innovative and effective assessment practices via a CD-rom and existing websites.