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ERIC Number: EJ864922
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0969-594X
Profiles of Educational Assessment Systems Worldwide: Educational Assessment in Portugal
Fernandes, Domingos
Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, v16 n2 p227-247 Jul 2009
This article outlines and discusses the fundamental parts of the current "Portuguese Assessment System" for both basic mandatory education (Grades 1-9) and secondary education (Grades 10-12). It provides a brief description of some of the most relevant current curriculum development trends such as: (1) the emphasis on vocational secondary education as part of a policy to better the academic and training qualifications of the Portuguese citizens through programmes such as "New Opportunities"; (2) the strong investment in the early years of basic compulsory education (Grades 1-4) through programmes such as "Enrichment Curriculum Activities"; and (3) the diversity of courses as part of a policy to achieve a more flexible education system. For each level of schooling, basic and secondary, discussion is organised under the "umbrellas" of both internal and external assessments. In this context, common issues are important, such as: (1) the role of the Ministry of Education; (2) the role of teachers in the processes of formative and summative assessments; (3) the collection of evidences of learning; (4) the purposes of assessment information; (5) the uses of assessment data (e.g., improving learning, deciding on pupils' academic progress; reporting; certifying); and (6) the role of both low-stakes and high-stakes external assessments. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Portugal