Designing school-wide assessment systems: Challenges and opportunities

Designing school-wide assessment systems: Challenges and opportunities

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Designing school-wide assessment systems: Challenges and opportunities

In May 2009, the Colombian National Ministry of Education passed a new law, Decree 1290, which now requires all primary and secondary schools to design their own school-wide assessment system. Prior to this new law, the Ministry had always imposed a national assessment system to all schools. This national assessment system had always been subject to ,many criticisms from school administrators, teachers, parents and students because it was not formative in nature and because it forced schools to promote at least 95% of the students. The ,task of creating a new assessment system poses a great challenge for many schools in the sense that the members of the school community have no experience designing formative assessment systems. This study focuses on a case study of a public school in Bogota. Through interviews to teachers and school administrators, observations of planning meetings, and artifacts, the study documents the school’,s difficulties in trying to design a valid assessment system. The study also documents the opportunities that this new law provides to schools to align their assessment system to their curriculum, to align it to their needs and to include all the stakeholders in this ,process.

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