Amicable Assessment Model
Enhancing the quality and standards of national education in Thailand is based on the directives of the 1999 National Education Act, Chapter 6 on Educational Standards and Quality assurance, sections 47-51.
The main aims of external assessment of all educational institutions are to stimulate these institutions to continuously enhance their educational quality and achieve efficient educational administration. The authentic assessment enables assessors to identify the strengths, weaknesses and conditions for success of the institutions concerned. Useful recommendations are also provided for further improvement of the quality of education offered by the institutions. Besides, relevant reports are submitted to the agencies concerned as well as disseminated to the general public. The ONESQA has therefore draqn up an Amicable Assessment Model. The model is aimed at highest quality and efficiency for assessment conducted in a spirit of care and concern, based on professional ethics, for enhancing educational quality and standards. The amicable assessment model comprises 4 stages as follows:
Stage 1: Promotion and development
This stage involves inculcation of appreciative attitude towards educational evaluation, particularly external assessment; strengthening of the educational institutions for further enhancement of educational quality and standards; and preparedness for external quality assessment by The ONESQA;
Stage 2: Creating faith in "school doctors"
This stage includes selection of amicable external assessors, capable of creating faith and trust on the part of the educational institutions, leading to mutual friendliness in the external assessmen for further improvement of the quality and standards of the relevant educational institutions.
Stage 3: Perseverance in amicable assessment
The authentic assessment is conducted to confirm outcomes of the internal quality assurance achieved by the educational institutions concerned. The assessment is therefore an integration of self-evaluation, authentic assessment, assessment for strengthening, quality assessment, and evaluation for measuring against the standards set; and
Stage 4: Providing guidelines and support
The report will be based on neutral assessment; cooperation with parent agencies will be sought for continuous and sustainable development of the quality and standards of the educational institutions concerned.