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Chew, L. C. (2001, December). Issues and practices of school-based testing and future challenges in innovative technological assessment in Singapore. Paper presented at the AARE Conference, Fremantle, Australia.
School-based testing is an integral part of the teaching and learning process, and it provides teachers with vital information about
students' learning progress. What are the current practices in school testing in Singapore, and what are some of the issues arising
therefrom? Do conventional testing practices measure up to the needs of recent changes in Singapore education, in the areas of IT,
Thinking, Project Work, and the "School Excellence Model"? What are some innovations in educational assessment that may be more
compatible with these changes? How can computer technology support and enhance these innovative assessments? This paper will
first examine the assessment system in Singapore education, and discuss some issues related to current testing practices. In the light
of recent changes in education, the need for a rethink on these practices is proposed. The paper will then explore some innovations
in educational assessment that may bring about a more meaningful assessment of student capabilities and potentials in learning. A
place for technology in educational assessment will also be discussed.
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