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Progressively Covering Full Curriculum
Persistently Enhancing Platform Functions

STAR is an online assessment item bank with more than 59,000 assessment items covering the subjects of Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 3. With a view to persistently enhancing learning and teaching effectiveness, catering for students' learning diversity as well as strengthening Assessment for Learning and assessment literacy, the platform has been upgraded since October 2020, extending the coverage progressively from Basic Competencies to Full Curriculum of Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics. Apart from the relatively vast amount of reading assessment tasks for language subjects currently offered, STAR 2.0 encompasses more listening, speaking and writing assessment tasks. The assessment items of Mathematics in parallel covers the learning objectives of the Non-foundation Topics (applicable to Key Stage 3) by phases.

To further enhance user experience on the platform, new and enhanced features on STAR were rolled out by batches in October 2020 and April 2021 for schools to incorporate STAR into their routine learning / teaching and school-based assessments as a regular and frequently-used assessment tool. New and enhanced features include:

STAR 2.0 Updates (Rolled out from October 2020)

  • split screen display for reading assessment tasks for language subjects (subject to the assessment task design);
  • open-ended questions added for language subjects;
  • teachers can enter / select comments for open-ended questions; and
  • new graphical presentation of performance reports.

For details, please refer to 'System Update (6 October, 2020)'.

STAR 2.1 Updates (Rolled out from April 2021)

  • supporting in conducting listening assessments through centralized/class-based broadcast;
  • supporting speaking assessments (including recording and file upload);
  • providing the overall percentage of correctly answered assessment items in a specific time period (in the first phase, applicable to the assessment items of the 'Gainful Use of Territory-wide System Assessment Materials'); and
  • covering more question types and formats.

For details, please refer to 'System update (21 April, 2021)'.

 

Preset Assessment Tasks and Assessment Task Catalogues (Last updated on 11 August 2021)

To facilitate schools' and teachers' use of the STAR platform to enhance students' learning and obtain instant performance analysis, featured Preset Assessment Tasks and Assessment Task Catalogues of Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics are uploaded to the STAR platform regularly. According to the school-based curriculum or teaching schedule, teachers can select appropriate assessment tasks or directly use these Preset Assessment Tasks, modify them on need basis, and assign them to students as online homework. For details, please refer to the video guide of Use the 'Preset Papers'.

Updated online interactive games of the three respective subjects will also be uploaded to the WLTS platform regularly from September 2020 onwards. As in the end of August 2021, 83 updated online interactive games have been uploaded to the WLTS platform. Teachers may encourage students to learn through the online interactive games at school or / and at home when planning school-based curriculum. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the games.

For enquiries on the operation of STAR and its new and enhanced features, please refer to the 'User Guide' for related guides and videos, or contact Hong Kong Education City (HKEdCity) on 2624 1000 or info@edcity.hk. A series of workshops, seminars and sharing sessions will be jointly organised by the Education Bureau, HKEdCity and the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority. Please refer to the latest updates on the Training Calendar System and STAR for details.

What's new

  • Schools are welcome to trial part of the up and coming new functions of STAR 2.2 (Updates on 2 December 2021)
    The trial version of part of the new functions of STAR 2.2 has been provided since 2 December 2021. Schools are welcome to trial. Please CLICK HERE for details.
     
  • STAR 2.0 Assessment Task Catalogue of Chinese Language (Full Curriculum) - 11 August 2021
    The latest STAR 2.0 Assessment Task Catalogue of Chinese Language (Key Stages 1 - 3) (Full Curriculum) were uploaded on the platform for teachers' reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the task catalogue.
     
  • STAR 2.0 Assessment Task Catalogue of English Language (Full Curriculum) - 12 July 2021
    The latest STAR 2.0 Assessment Task Catalogue of English Language (Key Stages 1 - 3) (Full Curriculum) were uploaded on the platform for teachers' reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the task catalogue.
     
  • Students Reports of 'Gainful Use of TSA 2021 Materials' STAR Online Mode will be distributed to the Assessment Administration Coordinator as scheduled (Updates on 28 June 2021) 
    Please CLICK HERE for details.
     
  • STAR 2.0 Preset Assessment Tasks of Mathematics (Full Curriculum) – 28 June 2021
    18 newly-developed STAR 2.0 Preset Assessment Tasks of Mathematics (Full Curriculum - Primary 1 to Secondary 3) were listed respectively on the platform for teachers' reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the tasks or refer to the video guide of Use the 'Preset Papers'.
     
  • STAR 2.0 Preset Assessment Tasks of Mathematics (Full Curriculum) – 21 June 2021
    18 newly-developed STAR 2.0 Preset Assessment Tasks of Mathematics (Full Curriculum - Primary 1 to Secondary 3) were listed respectively on the platform for teachers' reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the tasks or refer to the video guide of Use the 'Preset Papers'.
     
  • Details of 'Gainful Use of TSA 2021 Materials' STAR Online Mode (Updates on 14 May 2021) 
    Please CLICK HERE for details.
     
  • Presentation slides of the 'Gainful Use of Territory-wide System Assessment 2021 Materials' briefing session (Updates on 6 May 2021)
    Please CLICK HERE to view the presentation slides of the briefing session.
     
  • Arrangement for the 'Gainful Use of Territory-wide System Assessment 2021 Materials' (Updates on 26 April 2021)
    Please CLICK HERE for details and complete the Reply Slip at Annex 3 "Briefing Sessions of the “Gainful Use of TSA 2021 Materials” Arrangement" and return it to the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority for arrangement.
     
  • STAR 2.1 is launched (Updates on 21 April 2021)
    The STAR platform is updated to 2.1 on 21 April 2021. More new functions are released. Please CLICK HERE for details.
     
  • User Guide Update (Updates on 23 February 2021)
    To better support teachers using STAR 2.0, the User Guide is updated on 23 February 2021 with more demo videos. Please CLICK HERE for details .
     
  • Preset Assessment – 16 February 2021
    9, 9 and 9 featured Preset Assessment Tasks of Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics were listed respectively on the platform for teachers' reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the tasks or refer to the video guide of Use the 'Preset Papers'.
     
  • System Update (Updates on 8 February 2021)
    To improve the user experience of the STAR platform, a system update is performed on 8 February 2021. Please CLICK HERE for more details.
     
  • Preset Assessment – 8 February 2021
    9, 9 and 9 featured Preset Assessment Tasks of Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics were listed respectively on the platform for teachers' reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the tasks or refer to the video guide of Use the 'Preset Papers'.
     
  • Preset Assessment – 1 February 2021
    12, 9 and 9 featured Preset Assessment Tasks of Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics were listed respectively on the platform for teachers' reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the tasks or refer to the video guide of Use the 'Preset Papers'.
     
  • Preset Assessment – 25 January 2021
    12, 9 and 9 featured Preset Assessment Tasks of Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics were listed respectively on the platform for teachers' reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the tasks or refer to the video guide of Use the 'Preset Papers'.
     
  • STAR 2.0 Assessment Task Catalogue of English Language (Full Curriculum) - 18 January 2021
    The STAR 2.0 Assessment Task Catalogue of English Language (Key Stages 1 -3) (Full Curriculum) were uploaded on the platform for teachers' reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the task catalogue.
     
  • STAR 2.0 Assessment Task Catalogue of Chinese Language (Full Curriculum) - 7 January 2021
    The STAR 2.0 Assessment Task Catalogue of Chinese Language (Key Stages 1 -3) (Full Curriculum) were uploaded on the platform for teachers’ reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the task catalogue.
     
  • STAR 2.0 Preset Assessment Tasks of Mathematics (Full Curriculum) – 7 December 2020
    36 newly-developed STAR 2.0 Preset Assessment Tasks of Mathematics (Full Curriculum - Primary 1 to Secondary 3) were listed respectively on the platform for teachers' reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the tasks or refer to the video guide of Use the 'Preset Papers'.
     
  • STAR 2.0 Preset Assessment Tasks of Mathematics (Full Curriculum) – 1 December 2020
    36 newly-developed STAR 2.0 Preset Assessment Tasks of Mathematics (Full Curriculum - Primary 1 to Secondary 3) were listed respectively on the platform for teachers' reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the tasks or refer to the video guide of Use the 'Preset Papers'.
     
  • The launch of STAR 2.0 to progressively cover full curriculum (Updates on 6 October 2020)
    The STAR platform is upgraded to 2.0 on 6 October 2020. STAR 2.0 will progressively extend the coverage from Basic Competencies to full curriculum of Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics, with new and enhanced features added by phases. Please CLICK HERE for details.
     
  • During the class suspension period due to the epidemic, 249 Chinese, 156 English and 154 Mathematics preset assessment papers were added for teachers' reference and use. For details, please refer to the video guide of Use the 'Preset Papers'.

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  • EDB released the revised Mathematics Education Key Learning Area Curriculum Guide (Primary 1 – Secondary 6) and the revised KS1 Mathematics curriculum in 2017. The relevant sets of Basic Competency descriptors have been updated. In response to the above revision, starting from 11 November 2019, teachers can select either Basic Competency (2017) or Basic Competency (2000) as the question coverage when adding new papers.

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