Exploring Students’ Perception of and Reaction to Feedback in School–based Assessment

Siu Yin Anne Tong


School-based Assessment (SBA) in English Language is a new core component recently included in the Hong Kong university entrance public examination. It goes together with the promotion of an assessment for learning culture, in which enhancing students’ learning is the major concern. This initiative marks an important and ambitious change in examination policy and school practice. Besides its assessment function, feedback forms a prominent tool in facilitating student progress in learning. It is important to understand students’ perspectives towards feedback as students’ ability to learn from feedback relates to their capacity to make sense of and apply feedback to further their learning. This study looks at students’ perceptions of feedback in SBA and whether students react to feedback as a means to ‘feed-forward’. The data were gathered from forty-five Form 5 (Grade 11) students in 3 schools through student focus groups and semi-structured interview with teachers. Findings suggest that students did not react in the same way to assessment feedback. Not all students had the strategies to effectively collect, organize and use feedback. The findings suggest that it is through mutual construction of achievement and improvement that students can become active participants in the process of classroom assessment and feedback.


school-based assessment, students’ perceptions, assessment feedback, reactions to feedback

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