ERIC Number: EJ774763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Reference Count: 15
The Bhutanese Education Assessment Experience: Some Reflections
Powdyel, T. S.
Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, v35 n1 p45-57 Mar 2005
The purpose of this article is to look at the experience of Bhutan in using examinations as a tool for assessing and systematically monitoring the health of the education system. The strategy in both school-based and nationwide examinations is three-fold: (1) monitoring of standards for the formally prescribed national curriculum across the country; (2) the selection of students to proceed to higher grades; and (3) the screening of under-achievers. This article discusses the practice of employing examination results to motivate policy decisions and to launch intervention measures to improve performance. The article begins with a brief introduction to the country and its education system. It follows the evolution and institutionalization of examinations in the Bhutanese education system, introduces the practice of continuous assessment and addresses strategies for disseminating examination results. The impact of examination results on pedagogy and decision-making is discussed next, followed by a look at the key features of examinations for monitoring purposes.
Descriptors: Tests, National Curriculum, Educational Assessment, Student Evaluation, Educational Policy, Performance Based Assessment, Test Use, Foreign Countries, Evaluation Utilization, Educational Strategies, Educational Background, Educational Indicators
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Bhutan