SBA (PDA Version) January 10, 2006

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

Project Aims:

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.

The Research Team

Project Leader:
Dr Chris Davison  
Dr Steve Andrews
Prof. Liz Hamp-Lyons
Dr Fiona Hyland
Dr Albert Wong
Ms Rosina Tang

Miss Yu Ying
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Project Manager:
Ms Wendy Leung
Assistant Researchers:
Ms Cathy Cheung
Miss Christy Poon
Miss Scarlet Poon

Computer Technician:
Miss Wong Wai-yan

Student Researchers:
Miss Bonnie Ng
Miss Pauline Lee
Mr Taft Wong
Mr Ken Yiu

Room 324A, Hui Oi Chow Science Building, The University of Hong Kong Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong.

Telephone: (852) 2241-5391,
Facsimile : (852) 2857-8538