Common National Testing in the Republic of Kazakhstan

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Common National Testing in the Republic of Kazakhstan

This paper focuses on the important component of the national system for educational assessment in the Republic of Kazakhstan -, known as Common National Testing (CNT), which combines two exams: final certification examination of students in the general secondary educational institutions and entrance examinations in institutions of higher education. The significant characteristics of the CNT are the use of common methods for assessing the quality of work performed throughout the whole territory of Kazakhstan, and the issuing of test results on the day of testing.Common National Testing process for the period from 2004 to 2012 helped to solve the tasks, and provided the following: external independent, objective assessment of knowledge by single measurers and technology, admission to institutions of higher education without needing to leave one’,s place of residence, thereby reducing the cost of long-distance travel a matter of particular importance for low-income students, the attainment of objective data used for analyzing the quality of education and governing decision-making, social justice in the distribution of educational grants.As part of the national program for education development of the Republic of Kazakhstan for the years 2011-2020, plans are being made to modify the existing general secondary school final certification examination and the entrance exams for admission to institutions of higher education.Key words: Common national testing, educational assessment, the quality of education

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