Evaluating the impact of Bahrain National Examinations: implementing a research agenda

Evaluating the impact of Bahrain National Examinations: implementing a research agenda

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Evaluating the impact of Bahrain National Examinations: implementing a research agenda

Excellence in education is part of Bahrain’,s vision for 2030. National Examinations were introduced in 2009 to assess the performance levels of students against the national curriculum at key educational stages. The National Examinations Unit (NEU) of the Quality Assurance Authority for Education and Training (QAAET), an independent organisation, was established in 2008 to develop and carry out this work.With the introduction of any new examinations, awarding bodies are increasingly required to accept responsibility for their impact on major stakeholders. There exists therefore a requirement to make every systematic effort to ensure that the examinations achieve a positive influence on general educational processes and on individuals affected by the examination results.As part of its commitment to the ongoing review of the quality of its work, the QAAET has proposed (in collaboration with its partner, University of Cambridge International ,Examinations) a programme of impact research to support claims relating to the overall usefulness of the National Examinations for their intended purpose.The paper provides an overview of the examinations, a presentation of the theoretical ,basis of the different impact studies, and a description of the instruments to be used toelicit attitudes, experiences and perceptions of a range of educational beneficiaries.

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