ERIC Number: ED240157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Assessment for All.
Dockrell, William B.
Scotland, like many countries, has a system of externally-administered syllabus-based examinations, set at two points: the end of compulsory schooling, which serves as a basis for entry to junior college "non-advanced further education" (mainly vocationally oriented); and at the end of grade 12, which serves as a basis for admission to college. In this tradition, educational reform is frequently "examination led". That is, public (external) examinations are used as the lever to change curriculum. A major reform of external examinations and related curricula has taken place in Scotland. There is now a common structure for the education of all pupils with some choice of actual subjects. The examination system has been reformed to provide an external examination for all pupils in all of the major areas of the curriculum: English, mathematics, science, social studies, foreign languages, aesthetic subjects, and vocational subjects. The examination will be set at three different levels. There is, however, no expectation that this will lead to tracks; rather there will be cross-setting, i.e., virtually all pupils will take different subjects at at least two levels and those taking some subjects at the most advanced level will be taking others at the two lower levels. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: External Assessment; Scotland; Scottish Council for Research in Education; Test Curriculum Overlap
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Association for Educational Assessment (9th, Blantyre, Malawi, June 13-17, 1983).