Enhancing assessment leadership of school heads

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Enhancing assessment leadership of school heads

The role of school heads in any educational reform is undoubtedly one of the biggest factors that helps teachers achieve the intended outcomes (Stiggins &, Duke, 2008). In the current assessment reform in Brunei’,s education sector, whilst most teachers have received significant training on the principles of sound assessment practices they struggle to find support from their school heads to further advance their competencies. This paper reports on one strategy used that aligned the understanding of school heads to the current assessment reform through participation in the development of teacher’,s Assessment for Learning (AfL) competency assessment tool. This tool is to be used both for teachers’, performance evaluation and for professional learning. Analysis of interview data shows that participation of school heads in the project has deepened their understanding of AfL principles, which consequently enhanced their confidence in providing professional and system-wide support in program implementation. School heads have gained significant insights about their roles both in creating a school environment where students’, learning is the focus of monitoring and in providing assessment leadership support to teachers. Similarly, the school heads have understood the demand to improve their assessment capabilities to provide support specific to the needs of the teachers. This paper concludes by outlining the school heads’, assessment leadership competencies as identified by the participants.Keywords: assessment leadership, school heads, assessment for learning

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