Subject Knowledge assessment in the selection of students to grade 7 of Nazarbayev intellectual schools

Subject Knowledge assessment in the selection of students to grade 7 of Nazarbayev intellectual schools

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Subject Knowledge assessment in the selection of students to grade 7 of Nazarbayev intellectual schools

A new curriculum and assessment aimed to foster 21st century skills are being developed and implemented at Nazarbayev Intellectual schools (NIS). The major of the curriculum is Mathematics and Sciences. Besides a new curriculum with a focus on Mathematics and Science, a trilingual policy will be implemented as well. This would mean that the alumni by finishing NIS are proficient in Kazakh, Russian and English. In order to accept students who would cope with the curriculum and assessment a new system of selecting students has been developed together with NIS strategic partner –, Cito, Institute for Educational Measurements, the Netherlands. Taken the mission and major of NIS into account, four subjects have been defined to be included into the selection procedure: Mathematics, Kazakh, Russian and English. Absolutely new for Kazakhstani context approaches to test development, (pre)test administration and (pre)test result analysis have been applied during the process of developing a new selection system. With the support of Cito experts, NIS item developers (teachers) developed an itembank In September 2012 the developed items were pretested among NIS and common schools students. The results of the pilot have been very informative in setting cut off scores decisions and test procedures. In June 2013 a first live administration of the test took place. Analyses showed that the test worked well. At the conference we will present the process of developing the test and the outcomes of the first live administration. Also lessons learned will be discussed and recommendations will be made.

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