Combining Efforts for Better Learning

June 12, 2019  By Cao Chen  Editor: Ling Xiao

Combining Efforts for Better Learning

Dou Weilin (1st L) of East China Normal University's translation team and Andreas Schleicher from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development are presented with books from Shanghai Educational Publishing House officials. [For China Daily]


Chinese edition of book on educational assessment gets published, introduces latest international perspectives to local educators.

The Chinese edition of Synergies for Better Learning: An International Perspective on Evaluation and Assessment, a book featuring international reviews of educational assessment and evaluation policies across the world, was published in Shanghai on May 31.

The publication is expected to help workers in China's education sector gain new insights into the topic as well as provide policy advice on how evaluation and assessment systems can form a coherent framework to improve the quality, equity and efficiency of school education.

The book was translated from the original English version, which was published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Education Policy Committee in 2013. The translation was done by a team at East China Normal University.

The book was based on the OECD Review on Evaluation and Assessment Frameworks for Improving School Outcomes, a three-year review of evaluation and assessment policies in 28 countries which analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches.

The book divided educational evaluation into five aspects: student assessment, teacher appraisal, school evaluation, school leader appraisal and education system evaluation.

Miao Hongcai, director of the Shanghai Educational Publishing House, said during the book launch: "The translated version introduces the latest international perspectives of educational evaluation to Chinese practitioners, and will drive the development of the research and practice of educational evaluation in the country."

Combining Efforts for Better Learning

The cover of the book, Synergies for Better Learning: An International Perspective on Evaluation and Assessment. [For China Daily]


Andreas Schleicher, director for education and skills at OECD, points out that evaluation and assessment in education is more than just about grades — it should also cover other aspects such as school management and teaching skills.

He notes that while the national college entrance examination in China, the TOEFL and GRE exams in the United States and the IELTS test in the United Kingdom are examples of large-scale educational evaluation and assessment projects, they nonetheless account for only a small part of education assessment.

"Education in the new era should not be oriented by test results, but focus on nurturing students' cognitive ability, social communication and emotional development," says Schleicher. "An advanced society requires schools to cultivate students' competence in problem-solving and cooperating with others.

"Students are at the heart of education and schools should focus more on the process of education than results."

Schleicher hopes that the Chinese edition will help readers understand that evaluation should be holistic, multiperspective and systematic.

"Some regard the process of assessment and evaluation as taking away from the time of teaching or study. But the fact is that the feedback from effective assessment can foster student learning, teaching ability and school management, and as a whole, promote the entire education system," he says.


(Source: China Daily)

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