DEVELOPMENT OF ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK OF APPLIED LEARNING SUBJECTS IN HONG KONG

DEVELOPMENT OF ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK OF APPLIED LEARNING SUBJECTS IN HONG KONG

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DEVELOPMENT OF ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK OF APPLIED LEARNING SUBJECTS IN HONG KONG

Hong Kong is going to have the New Senior Secondary Education in place starting from September 2009 with the first cohort of students taking the school leaving public examination at 18+ years, the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary EducationExamination (HKDSE), in 2012. In principle, every student has to take four core subjects (Chinese Language, English , Language, Mathematics and Liberal Studies) and two to three elective subjects. There are twenty elective subjects which are mainly academically-oriented. Apart from these, student may opt to take one to two Applied Learning (ApL) subjects. ApL is newly introduced in the academic structure in Hong Kong. It purports to diversify the learning opportunities available to students. It is intended that students of varying abilities, particularly those who will benefit from a strong practical orientation in their learning, should gain from the subjects to enrich their learning experiences. Since ApL subjects are also considered as elective subjects, they have to be made , comparable with other academic subjects. This comes into anissue of recognition. It is then the HKEAA’,s role to monitor the assessment of the ApL subjects and to assure the achievement standards. Though the assessment resultswill ultimately be recorded in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education transcript, the reporting of ApL is slightly different from the academic subjects. ApL subjects will be reported in two levels: Attainment, and Attainment with Distinction.Students, who meet the requirements of the threshold criteria, will be awarded ‘,Attainment’, level. To those who reach the excellent level of performance, ‘,Attainment with Distinction’, will be awarded, which is deemed to be comparable to a particular level of other HKDSE subjects secured by using a statistical prediction analysis.

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