Assessment of transversal competencies: Policy and practice in the Asia-Pacific region

This report draws on reports from nine participating countries/jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific: Australia, Hong Kong (China), India, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Viet Nam. These in turn drew upon responses from individuals in their education systems at policy and school levels to identify their perceptions of the current state of practices associated with the assessment of transversal competencies. The focus of the explorations was on the elements of the education system that support integration of the competencies agenda, rather than the form of the actual assessment tools.

The analysis of case study data from the region reveals variation in practices and approaches, providing a rich opportunity for information sharing as countries/jurisdictions in the region continue with this education reform. The call for professional development and for support with development of assessment tools illustrates the core challenge for education. The core challenge is the lack of knowledge about transversal competencies − how they develop, how they might be taught through or in conjunction with current curricula, and how assessment might enhance their teaching and learning. The major recommendation from this study is, through the mechanism of a core regional group, to build capacity in enhancing understanding in order to maximize positive learning outcomes from the diversity of approaches and expertise evident in the region.

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