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Technology and education reform – the case study of Guyana
This paper reports an ongoing system-wide project in Guyana to introduce a National scale data portal for schools’ use, and to implement item banking software for exam production. The data portal project began in 2016 and now pulls together national and international assessment data for all pupils across all phases of school education. The project generated the country’s first value added scores for pupils and has produced a national pupil database.
Following a series of training sessions, the system is now being embedded in daily inspection and school management processes.
In 2018, the service was extended to include item banking software for exams development, to improve quality control and security. Item banking represents a move away from traditional paper construction processes. Along with the new technology, training and capacity development services were provided to upskill authors. Training will be followed by remote quality assurance and mentoring, delivered online via the authoring system. This innovative model offers an efficient model for skills development.
In the next phase of the project, ‘topic’ data from the authoring system will be exported to the portal so formative topic level performance reports can be provided to help schools further with their planning and skills development.
This project is being delivered with World Bank support and is led by GradeMaker Ltd with support from FFT Education and AlphaPlus consulting.
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