The 8th Biennial Conference of the Comparative Education Society of Asia (CESA) has been held at the Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, 8-11 July 2012 under the topic: “Education of the Dawn of the New Decade: When the Quality and Sustainability Movement Converge.”
As part of this event, the Education Policy and Reform Unit of UNESCO Bangkok presented some of its current analytical and foresight work on the three key topics:
1) Re-visioning education in the global development agenda: emerging trends, challenges and priorities for education beyond 2015
2) Decoding education system performance
3) Testing for what? Results from UNESCO’s regional survey on use of student assessment
Participating countries included: Australia (Victoria), Bhutan, Cook Islands, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Palau, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tokelau and Uzbekistan. The paper will present the results of the survey with a view to inform the rich debate around student assessment in the Asia-Pacific region and to provide an initial step towards improving better use of assessment tools for policy decision making and learning improvements.