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ERIC Number: EJ1247284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2286-8909
How Is English Assessed at Thai Schools?
Todd, Richard Watson
THAITESOL Journal, v32 n1 p1-15 Jun 2019
In the test-centric Thai education system, results on national exams are often viewed as indicators of educational success. These exams use multiple-choice which can have detrimental effects on students' attitudes and learning. If school assessments also rely on multiple-choice exams, the situation would be worrying, yet there is little data available on how English language courses at Thai schools are evaluated. This paper presents the initial results of a large-scale survey of the assessment practices of several hundred Thai teachers. On average, exams and quizzes account for 64% of marks for a course, and 60% of exam scores come from multiple-choice (meaning that multiple-choice accounts for 27% of marks). Furthermore, a high proportion of teachers use some innovative and creative assessment practices, providing chances for further positive developments. To promote more positive impacts from assessment, a greater proportion of the overall scores should be assigned to innovative formative assessment.
Thailand TESOL Organization. Language Institute Building, Thammasat University, 2 Prachan Road, Pranakhorn, Bangkok, Thailand 10200. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Thailand
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