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ERIC Number: ED204748
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Assessment: The New Zealand Experience.
Catherwood, Vince
This two-part paper describes an experiment with an alternative form of evaluation of New Zealand secondary school students' English proficiency. The first part presents a background of the New Zealand secondary education system and a lengthy discussion of the procedures that led to changing from a one-time, three-hour, external examination administered since 1945 to all tenth year students in New Zealand, to an internal measurement of skill achievement based on a student language profile. The discussion includes the reasons for making the assessment internal; the procedures set up by New Zealand's National English Syllabus Committee (NESC) to guide a two-year trial period using the new assessment method; results of an evaluation by the NESC of the experiment's effects on students, teachers, principals, and parents; and a summary of the overall results of the NESC's experiment. The second half of the paper consists of a summary report of findings from a seminar on the assessment of English held in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1977, the second year of the trial period with alternative assessment. The report outlines the criteria of performance in English for the student language profile developed under these headings: speaking, listening, reading, writing, performance in other modes, knowledge, independence and involvement, cooperation and tolerance, and enjoyment. A sample language profile sheet is appended. (AEA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Dept. of Education, Wellington.
Identifiers: New Zealand
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on the Teaching of English (3rd, Sydney, Australia, August 17-22, 1980).