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Progressively Covering Full Curriculum
Persistently Enhancing Platform Functions

STAR 2.0 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 to facilitate interested schools to more effectively incorporate STAR into their 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 (Last updated on 16 February 2021)

To facilitate schools' and teachers' use of the STAR platform to enhance students' learning and obtain instant performance analysis during the suspension period of face-to-face classes due to the epidemic (temporarily from 23 November 2020 to the beginning of schools' Chinese New Year), featured Preset Assessment Tasks of Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics will be listed on the platform every week. Teachers can directly use these Preset Assessment Tasks or 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. The latest batch of 12 games were uploaded in early November. 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 2.0 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 2.0 for details.

What's new

  • 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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