The early 21st century saw education reforms in many countries that were driven by new economic imperatives and that generally called for a realignment of assessment concepts to match the prevailing educational goals. Divided into two sections and fourteen chapters, this book provides an interpretation of why current assessment policies take the form that they do and the role and status of assessment for learning in the policy-making debates, and identifies the problems and challenges that have occurred and the resolutions that might be proposed. The chapters in the first section, assessment reform experiences, review the history and development of assessment policy and practice in different countries around the world and focus on the issues related to assessment reform in these countries. The salient features of the issues identified are discussed in the second section, issues in the spotlight, of the book. The chapters in this section analyze the origins/causes and discuss complexities, tensions, dilemmas and/or possibilities associated with the issue as well as setting out the implications of the issue for the future of assessment reform, and possible ways forward.
Contents.- Foreword.- Acknowledgments.- List of Tables.- List of Figures.- Contributors.- Part 1 Assessment Reform Experiences.-
1 Assessment Reform Past, Present and Future: Rita Berry and Bob Adamson.-
2 Assessment for Learning: Research and Policy in the (dis)United Kingdom: Mary James.-
3 Assessment for Learning: US Perspectives: Jim Flaitz.-
4 Educational Assessment in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan: Rita Berry.-
5 Assessment Reform and Educational Change in Australia: Val Klenowski.-
6 Assessment for Learning Reform in Singapore – Quality, Sustainable or Threshold? Kelvin Tan.-
7 Assessment Reforms around the World: Rita Berry-. Part 2 Issues in the Spotlight.-
8 Engaging and Empowering Teachers in Innovative Assessment Practice: John Gardner, Wynne Harlen, Louise Hayward and Gordon Stobart.-
9 Teachers’ Feedback to Pupils: “Like so many bottles thrown out to sea”? Eleanore Hargreaves.-
10 Assessment for Learning in Language Classroom: Alice Chow and Pamela Leung.-
11 Assessment Reform: High-Stakes Testing and Knowing the Contents of Other Minds: David Scott.-
12 Assessment of Significant Learning Outcomes: Richard Daugherty, Paul Black, Kathryn Ecclestone, Mary James and Paul Newton.
13 Developing Assessment for Learning in a Large-Scale Programme: Hak Ping Tam and Yu-Jen Lu.-
14 Embedding Assessment for Learning: Bob Adamson.
Author Index. Subject Index. Foreword. Acknowledgments. List of Tables. List of Figures. Contributors .