December 2021
Season’s Greetings from the HKEAA
Register for the 2022 Online Information Seminars on HKDSE Core Subjects
2023 HKDSE Streamlining Arrangements
Results of 2021 HKDSE Predicted Level Study
Eleven Schools Accredited for Quality Assessment Management
HKEAA Staff Awarded The Ombudsman’s Awards for Officers of Public Organisations
Networking with Education Partners Across the Region and the Globe

Season’s Greetings from the HKEAA

Season's greetings from the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA)! May the spirit of the festive season fill your home with joy and peace. Wishing you a very happy Christmas and a healthy 2022.

 

Although the year 2021 continues to be a challenging one, thanks to the unwavering support of the stakeholders of the education community, we have successfully delivered the 2021 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) and other assessment services including the Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers (LPAT) and international and professional examinations amid the COVID-19 pandemic - with zero infections. Despite the ever-changing environment, the HKEAA will continue to adhere to its mission of providing valid, reliable and equitable examinations and a range of assessment services to meet educational and societal needs.

Register for the 2022 Online Information Seminars on HKDSE Core Subjects

The popular HKDSE information seminars on the core subjects, and marking and grading will be held online on 15 and 22 January 2022. Assessment Development Managers will introduce the assessment requirements of the HKDSE Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics and Liberal Studies. The arrangements of speaking examination for the HKDSE English Language subject will also be covered. Senior secondary students and their parents are welcome to join the seminars.

 

Registration is now open and please visit the event page for details.

2023 HKDSE Streamlining Arrangements

Considering the impact on learning and teaching due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Public Examinations Board of the HKEAA approved streamlined assessment requirements for the 2023 HKDSE recently to release lesson time and enhance flexibility of learning and teaching for teachers and students. The overall arrangements will be the same as the arrangements of the 2022 HKDSE, including streamlining of the requirements for written and practical examinations, cancellation of the School-based Assessment (SBA) of ten subjects and that of four subjects will be streamlined.

 

For more details, please visit:

  • Press Release
  • School Circular
  • Revised Assessment Frameworks
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    Results of 2021 HKDSE Predicted Level Study

    The Predicted Level Study of the 2021 HKDSE, participated by 375 schools who had submitted internal assessment marks of about 34,700 school candidates, has shown consistent results with those of the 2020 study.

     

    An online briefing session was held in October 2021 to provide schools with an overview of the results of the latest study. Among the four core subjects, the outcome of English Language is more accurate with the predicted levels of 71% of candidates matching their actual HKDSE levels. About 28% of the predicted levels are one level above or below candidates’ actual levels. In other words, more than 99% of predictions lie within one-level deviation from HKDSE actual levels.

     

    For the three other core subjects of Chinese Language, Mathematics Compulsory Part and Liberal Studies, the percentages of exact matching with the actual HKDSE levels are about 51%, 58% and 54% respectively, while about 40% of the predicted levels lie one level above or below candidates’ actual levels in the HKDSE. However, the predicted levels for elective subjects are less accurate due to the smaller candidatures, fewer entries by schools in those subjects, the variations in school’s HKDSE results over the years, etc.

     

    The HKEAA will conduct another Predicted Level Study in 2022 and explore mechanisms to improve prediction accuracy, so as to provide more useful feedback to schools for improving the validity and reliability of their internal assessments.

     

    For more details about the 2021 Study, please read the press release and click here for the reference materials for school briefing.

    Mr Samuel Yung Wing-ki, Chairman of the HKEAA (middle, front row) presented the QAMAS certificates to school representatives
    Eleven Schools Accredited for Quality Assessment Management

    In recognition of their commitment to quality examination and assessment management, 11 primary and secondary schools were accredited in the 2021 Quality Assessment Management Accreditation Scheme (QAMAS).

     

    The QAMAS Certificate Presentation Ceremony cum Experience Sharing Session was held on 17 November 2021. Around 120 school principals and teachers joined the event physically or via webcast.

     

    Mr Samuel Yung Wing-ki, Chairman of the HKEAA, appreciated the continued support from the accredited schools and their dedication in continuous improvement of their examinations, as well as the risk management of school internal assessment especially under the pandemic.

     

    At the ceremony, Dr Hsu Chia-ling, Manager of Assessment Technology and Research of the HKEAA, also shared her knowledge on item bank construction.

     

    The QAMAS is welcoming new applicants. Please click here for details and snapshots of the ceremony.

     

    HKEAA Staff Awarded The Ombudsman’s Awards for Officers of Public Organisations

    Two staff members from the HKEAA received The Ombudsman’s Awards for Officers of Public Organisations in 2021. This is the tenth consecutive year that HKEAA staff members have received such an award. Since 2012, a total of 17 HKEAA staff members have received the recognition.

     

    This year, Ms Rachel Ang from the International and Professional Examinations Division, and Ms Cheng Ting-ting from the School Examinations and Assessment Division were awarded by The Ombudsman in recognition of their professionalism and efforts in delivering quality customer services for candidates and members of the public.

    HKEAA staff members, Ms Cheng Ting-ting (left) and Ms Rachel Ang (middle), together with Professor Wei Xiang-dong, Secretary General of the HKEAA (right) attended the presentation ceremony of The Ombudsman’s Awards 2021
    Professor Wei Xiang-dong (upper left), Professor Ricardo Mak (upper right), Ms Cindy Chiu (bottom left) and Ms Choy Siu-kwan (bottom right) shared the latest development of the HKDSE with stakeholders across the region and the globe
    Networking with Education Partners Across the Region and the Globe

    The HKEAA is committed to strengthening collaborations with education partners across the region and the globe. In October and November 2021, we took part in various online events to share our experiences in administering high-stake examinations and assessment during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the latest development of HKDSE with education partners from the region and beyond.

     

    Professor Wei Xiang-dong, Secretary General and Professor Ricardo Mak, Director of Public Examinations of the HKEAA, were respectively invited to share about the latest development and recognition of the HKDSE to the officials and representatives of higher education institutions and organisations of the Mainland, Macao and Hong Kong at a forum organised by South China Normal University and at the third Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Cooperation and Development Forum organised by the College of Economics of Jinan University and other institutions and educational organisations.

     

    Meanwhile, to provide the latest updates on the development of the HKDSE to higher education institutions in Japan, the HKEAA delivered an online briefing session run by the Association for Study in Japan Supports (Hong Kong) in late October. Ms Choy Siu-kwan, Head of Assessment Development of the HKEAA, briefed more than 30 admissions officers on the overall performance of the 2021 HKDSE candidates, the streamlining arrangements for the 2022 HKDSE, as well as the assessment arrangements for the core subjects in the 2024 HKDSE.

     

    Running public examinations amid the pandemic is challenging. But with the concerted efforts of the education community, the 2021 HKDSE was successfully held with zero infections once again. Ms Cindy Chiu, Senior Manager of School Examinations and Assessment Division of the HKEAA, shared our experiences in running the HKDSE during the pandemic and at quarantine centre, at an online event entitled ‘New norms in assessment after the pandemic’ organised by the International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA). Experiences that might be applied to future public examinations and assessment were also exchanged during the sharing.

     

    Prospective partners are always welcome to approach us for collaboration or experience sharing about examination and assessment services.

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