Introducing the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination

Introducing the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination

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Introducing the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination

A new academic structure will be implemented in Hong Kong in 2009. After completing a three-year junior secondary curriculum, all students will continue to study a three-year senior secondary curriculum. The new senior secondary academic structure allows all students with the opportunity to receive six years of secondary education to promote life-long learning and to meet the changing needs of Hong Kong. A new Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) will be implemented in 2012 to replace the existing public examinations, the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) and the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE).The paper will outline three special features of the new examination, namely, the use of standards-referenced reporting (SRR), the introduction of school-based assessment (SBA) and the provision of assessment to candidates with a wide ability range. In adopting the SRR system, the standards of the new examination are set with reference to the current standards in the HKALE. SBA is introduced to enhance the validity of the examination. It aims to assess learning outcomes which cannot be assessed through public examinations. A variety of arrangements will be practiced in the HKDSE examination to cater for the needs of students of a wide ability range. ,The paper will conclude with a communication schedule with different stakeholders, covering issues related to international benchmarking of standards and setting threshold requirements for employment and further education purposes.

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