Introduction of standardized language assesment into Croatian secondary education

Prpić, Martina (2009) Introduction of standardized language assesment into Croatian secondary education. In: Many voices - language policy and practice in Europe: emerging challenges and innovative responses. CIDREE (Consortium of Institutions for Development and Research in Education in Europe), Brussels, pp. 179-187. ISBN 978-90-7901-203-9

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National standardized assessment was introduced into Croatian educational system in 2006. Until then, there was no assessment system that tested the attainment of educational standards in Croatian secondary schools. The exam specifications were based on the principles of outcomes-based education, but they also had to be written within the limits of the existing curricula. This was a challenge for the test developers because the curricula were outdated and pending change. In the area of modern foreign languages this meant that the specifications had to reconcile the curriculum written in 1994 and Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Hence, the test developers not only tested the attainment of educational standards, but also set them in relation to the CEFR. Since the process of relating examinations to the CEFR is still in development in Europe, the test developers didn't have direct instructions how to conduct the procedure. Future challenges involve further development of the exams, especially in relation to the CEFR, and working on the, as well as coordinating with, the new curriculum.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Language: English.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Language assessment, CEFR, curriculum, modern foreign languages, Croatian educational system
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Depositing User: Karolina Vranješ
Date Deposited: 11 May 2015 13:34
Last Modified: 11 May 2015 13:34

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