are the essential knowledge and skills acquired by students in
relation to the learning targets and objectives set out in the
curriculum for each key stage. The Basic Competencies represent just
part of the curriculum requirement.
The Basic Competency Assessment has two components,
namely, the Student Assessment and the System Assessment (the latter
renamed as the Territory-wide System Assessment). They cover the
three subjects of Chinese Language, English Language and
The Student Assessment is a resource bank provided
through the Internet. It is not compulsory. It is provided to assist
teachers in developing and selecting the appropriate assessment
tasks for their students. If applied at the right time, the Student
Assessment could help diagnose the strengths and weaknesses of
students at Primary One to Secondary Three, for improving learning
and teaching. Schools must have in mind the specific learning needs
of students and the teaching progress, apply multiple modes of
school internal assessments so as to effectively and fully
understand the needs and progress of students. Students in need of
assistance should be identified early and be given appropriate
The original design of the Student Assessment only covers
the Basic Competencies. However, in order to facilitate teachers in
meeting diverse learning needs of students, we are now expanding the
Student Assessment service into an Assessment for Learning Resource
Bank. The Resource Bank would cover more curriculum topics and the
related competencies required under the curriculum. Supportive
learning and teaching materials would also be provided.
The Student Assessment has been introduced to all primary and secondary schools since mid 2003 and the service that covers Key Stages One, Two and Three is in full operation.
The Territory-wide System Assessment is an assessment administered at the territory level by the Government. It is mainly conducted on paper-and-pen mode and there is also an oral assessment component for the two languages. The System Assessment is only administered at the three levels of Primary Three, Primary Six and Secondary Three. The System Assessment was first introduced in 2006. It is now in full operation.
The System Assessment is lowstake in
nature . It is to provide feedback to schools about their standards
in the three subjects of Chinese Language, English Language and
Mathematics, so that schools could draw up plans to increase
effectiveness in learning and teaching. The territory-wide data also
help the Government to review policies and to provide focused
support to schools.