ERIC Number: ED418098
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Examination Systems in Small States. Pan-Commonwealth Workshop Report (Bridgetown, Barbados, May 6-10, 1996).
Commonwealth Secretariat, London (England).
One critical area of concern for governments of small states is the provision and administration of examinations at the end of the secondary school cycle. The problems, faced by all states, of assuring that assessment and certification are carried out fairly, are compounded for small states by the additional difficulties associated with their limited human and financial resources. A pan-Commonwealth workshop on Examinations in Small States was held to bring together key actors in the field from public and private sectors. Deliberations of the workshop focused on issues such as personnel and infrastructure for the delivery of examinations, international recognition and national priorities, innovative ways of testing, and the use of technology in the administration of examinations. There were 62 participants from 25 countries, most of whom represented the examination departments of ministries of education, and many of whom came from member states of the British Commonwealth. With respect to examinations at the end of the secondary cycle, small states use one or a combination of three models: national examinations, regional examinations, or examinations prepared in larger countries. This report on the Workshop is divided into the following sections: (1) "Introduction"; (2) "Conceptual Framework"; (3) "Country Presentations"; (4) "Regional Examination Systems"; (5) "Technical Issues"; (6) "School Based Assessment"; (7) "Security Issues"; (8) "Recognition of Qualifications"; (9) "Developing a Credit System"; and (10) "Conclusion." The issues and concerns raised were quite similar in most countries. Equity issues were a concern for most, as were questions of credibility, cost effectiveness, logistics, and confidentiality. Five appendixes list sponsors, present the program and a description of the Association of Commonwealth Examination and Accreditation Bodies, and contain a workshop evaluation form. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commonwealth Secretariat, London (England).