National curriculum reform is expected to initiate in 2019 in Taiwan, and its core vision emphasize on three aspects, that are respectively taking the initiative, engaging the public, and seeking the common good. Several supplementary and support packages, though, are initiated with the coming national curriculum revolution, some issues still draw profound attention and await proper investigation. The goals of this study is to develop English core competence assessment tools suitable for junior high school students and to assess the impact on students between the transformation of national curriculum guidelines of 2001 and 2019.
Receiving the education underlying the national curriculum guidelines of 2001 and 2019 respectively, two representative samples of Taiwan junior high school students are selected and tracked in a three-year longitudinal study from their Grade 7 through Grade 9. The study argue assessment technique for large-scale longitudinal design can provide a framework for evaluating the impact of curriculum change, as well as informing better curriculum policy decision. The project is 5-year study. Following the build-up of blue print for relevant assessment tools, standard development procedure is adopted to construct the tools and standard setting is used to offer a comprehensive description of Taiwan students’ performance. With proper methods for analyzing large-scale data in answering proposed research questions, these findings have implications for policy maker, and practitioners.