School Leadership, Accountability, and Assessment Reform in Hong Kong

  • Huen YuEmail author
  • Wai Ming Yu
Part of the Studies in Educational Leadership book series (SIEL, volume 16)


Since 1991, the Hong Kong Government has affirmed its strong commitments to assure the quality of school education. The government has worked hard on reforming assessment and accountability to improve students’ learning outcomes. Basic competency assessments have been introduced alongside the implementation of school-based management. For accountability, different stakeholders were invited to join the incorporated management committees in schools. Furthermore, school self-evaluation and external school review have been adopted to assure school quality. A system for providing professional development to aspiring, newly appointed, and serving principals was introduced. School leaders play a significant role in accountability by monitoring change and providing leadership in raising the quality of school education. This chapter examines and discusses the challenges that principals are faced with. Insights are presented to help school leaders to improve their leadership. A need to shift to transformative leadership and integrated leadership is suggested.


Emotional Intelligence Transformational Leadership School Leader Continue Professional Development Responsible Leadership 
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Aspiring Principals


Assessment Program for Affective and Social Outcomes


Basic Competency Assessment


Certification for Principalship


Continuing Professional Development


Education Bureau


Education Department


Education Commission


External School Review


Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination


Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination


Hong Kong School Certification Examination


Hong Kong Schools Value Added Information System


Incorporated Management Committee


Key Performance Measures


Newly Appointed Principals


Performance Indicators


Quality Assurance Inspection


School-based Management


School Development and Accountability


School Management Initiative


School Management Committee


School Self-Evaluation


Serving Principals


School Sponsoring Bodies


Stakeholder Survey


Territory-wide System Assessment


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Hong Kong Institute of EducationTai PoHong Kong

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