Examination Systems in Small States

Comparative Perspectives on Policies, Models and Operations

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This publication is based on the content of a panCommonwealth workshop in Barbados in 1996. Participants looked at issues such as: personnel and infrastructure; international recognition and national priorities; innovative ways of testing; using technology to improve efficiency. Examination Systems in Small States deals with the provision of examinations in small states. It presents a conceptual framework and discusses models for the administration and provision of examinations at the end of the secondary cycle.




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