Findings, 2004–2010, of the Punjab Education Assessment System

By Abdullah Faisal, Muhammad Azeem and Khalid Masood.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Most of the assessment activities in the past have been project driven in Pakistan. There is little institutional base either at the Federal or Provincial level to sustain assessment activities beyond the project timelines. Neither the traditional school examinations nor the external public examinations and selection tests for admission to institutions of higher education sufficiently fulfill the criteria of standardization and comparability required for a monitoring indicator. The Punjab Education Assessment System (PEAS) in the Education Department in the Government of the Punjab is responsible for conducting assessment tests for national and provincial purposes. Central to these efforts is the development of the institutional capacity of the Departments of Education at the provincial and area levels to monitor standards of education. A specific priority of PEAS within the overall assessments plan is to: “Build assessment capacity at the school, provincial and federal levels to better measure learning outcomes and improve the quality and effectiveness of programme interventions.” PEAS provides results on subject-matter achievement, instructional experiences, and school environment for the populations of students (e.g., all fourth graders and eighth graders) and groups within those populations (e.g., male/female students, rural/urban students). PEAS results are based on representative samples of students at grades 4 and 8 for the main assessments, or samples of students ages 9 and 13 years old for the long-term trend assessments. These grades and ages were chosen because they represent critical junctures in academic achievement.

Keywords: Assessment, Measurement, Students’ Learning

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 11, pp.309-328. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 844.450KB).

Abdullah Faisal

Director, Punjab Education Assessment System (PEAS), Lahore, Pakistan

Muhammad Azeem

Assessment Expert, Punjab Education Assessment System (PEAS), Lahore, Pakistan

Mr. Muhammad Azeem is working as an assessment expert at Punjab Education Assessment System, Govt. of The Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. He has submitted his Doctoral Thesis at the Division of Education, University of Education, Lahore under Indigenous PhD Fellowship from HEC Pakistan. His area of interest is Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Testing. He has written a number of articles and research papers in different local and international magazines and journals. He has visited School of Education, University of Leicester, UK as a Doctoral Research Fellow.

Khalid Masood

Finance Manager, Punjab Education Assessment System (PEAS), Lahore, Pakistan


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