Evidence on how successful schools are in transforming resources into
student learning is essential to guide policy and management decisions
regarding educational provision. Assessment of learning, especially in
the foundational areas of language and mathematics, is needed at varying
points in the educational careers of students.
Assessment entails measurement of learning, analysis to diagnose
problems, and use of the findings to guide remedial action. An effective
national assessment policy demands real political commitment to action
based on the results, such as reallocation of resources, curriculum
reform and/or re-orientation of teaching.
This Guidance Note describes the procedure known as a national
assessment -or an international assessment if more than one education
system is involved - that provides evidence on student learning. It
identifies the issues to weigh up, explains their significance for
educational improvement, and the factors which should be considered when
discussing national assessment with government decision makers and civil
Kellaghan, T.; Bethell, G.; Ross, J. Assignment Report: Guidance Note: National and International Assessments of Student Achievement. HDRC, UK (2011) 32 pp.
Assignment Report: Guidance Note: National and International Assessments of Student Achievement