E-Test Introduced to Delegations from The Netherlands and The United Arab Emirates

Obrázok ku správe: E-Test Introduced to Delegations from The Netherlands and The United Arab Emirates
On 13th October and 16th October 2014, two foreign delegations of experts visited the National Institute for Certified Educational Measurements in Bratislava. The Dutch team was led by Executive Director of CITO (Institute for Educational Measurement), researcher and former school principal, Dr. Jan Wiegers. Our guests from one of the leading institutions in the field of test development and educational quality evaluation were mainly interested in the types of student testing (teacher tests, school tests and certification tests), the periods in which students are tested, the method of school financing in order to improve their ICT equipment as well as the means of publication of the national testing results. Mr. Wiegers also confirmed his active participation in the upcoming final conference of the E-test project planned for September 2015.
The following visit, led by the member of the IEA (International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement) Standing Committee, Dr. Ali Mehad Ali Alsuwaidi, came from The United Arab Emirates. We informed the delegation on the objectives of the national project E-test, which raised great interest among the delegation members. Our foreign guests were mainly interested in information aimed at test development, the functioning of our national measurements (Testing 9 and external part of secondary school leaving exam) as well as the general concept and system of education among Slovak schools. Through the samples of computer-based tests focusing on different types of literacy, we acquainted our special guests with the new electronic test system, which has been developed for schools within the national project. According to Ali Alsuwaidi, who is also a representative of the Emirates' Ministry of Education, our new testing system is transparent and easy to use. Several times he stressed that he considered the system very interesting because it simplifies the verification of students' knowledge and skills, and because in his country, only paper-based testing has been realised so far.