The Star platform is an online assessment system which provides assessment analysis and reports to students and teachers. Teachers can conduct this assessment according to their student needs and learning progress. The assessment can be flexibly used with other assessment tools at schools to enhance the effectiveness of student learning. The features of the STAR platform include:
- A web-based central assessment item bank;
- Online assessments;
- Computerised marking and reports on students’ performance.
The STAR platform is used as an upgrade of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA)’s ‘Student Assessment’ system starting from 2016/17 school year. It provides a number of new features to promote assessment for learning and facilitate teachers’ use of assessment information in enhancing students’ learning. The new platform is compatible with different devices including tablets, notebooks and desktops. Teachers can make use of this platform to create assessment tasks for individual students or classes, and receive student performance reports. They can also provide appropriate follow-ups to students based on the performance reports and by referencing the ‘Web-based Learning and Teaching Support’ website provided by the Education Bureau (EDB).
The STAR platform covers assessment items for Chinese, English and Mathematics. The assessment items are designed according to the ‘Basic Competency’ (BC) of different ‘Key Stages’.