Assessment Leadership for Assessment Reform

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Assessment Leadership for Assessment Reform

From precedent lessons of assessment reform in Singapore and other countries, issues in assessment reform are examined. External political and social influences, the examination culture, and the pressures of accountability can prove to be impediment to the success of assessment reform. Assessment reform may also be intractable due to the historical and cultural contexts associated with assessment, as the deeply entrenched norms, values, and mind-sets of the larger society cannot be changed quickly. Two rejoinders to the intractability of assessment reform will be proposed: assessment reform needs to be in tandem with systemic change and framed as a wider educational reform, and assessment leadership is crucial in the success of assessment reform. The paper proposes that assessment leadership needs to be distributed on a systemic level to achieve successful 21st century assessment reform, and that assessment leadership can be delineated into the three different levels for teachers, school leaders, and policy makers.Keywords: Assessment Leadership, Assessment Reform, Distributed Leadership, Sustainable Assessment.

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