GCSEs: Dylan Wiliam’s alternative vision for exams 

As teachers, students and policymakers across the country question the viability of the current assessment system, world-respected assessment expert Dylan Wiliam talks to The Times Educational Supplement about what he thinks the alternative should be. The past two years have brought huge disruption to our assessment system, prompting more people to question how we do things. But how much has the pandemic actually taught us about how to make the system fairer and more effective? According to Professor Dylan Wiliam, not a lot. Such a view from an international expert on the topic may seem pessimistic, but Wiliam, who is emeritus professor of…

IEB vacant post of CEO

The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) of South Africa is seeking a qualified and experienced candidate for the position of Chief Executive Officer. The successful candidate will be required to take up the position in January 2023. The IEB is accredited as an assessment agency by Umalusi, the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training. The IEB delivers  NQF-based adult education examinations, a national senior certificate examination for schools in South Africa, an international secondary certificate for schools in Africa and a wide range of other assessment instruments and training activities in assessment. The company currently employs…

Two new IAEA Webinars

The IAEA Webinar series continues with presentations by  Fredric Robin and Dr. Jonas Bertling (ETS) on May 25th and Dr. Gordon Stobart (Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment [Emeritus]) on the 24th of June. Webinar 1 Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 14:00 (2:00 pm) Central European Summer Time (see www.worldtimebuddy.com for time zone conversion so that you don’t join at the wrong time) Speaker:   Dr. Fredric Robin and Dr. Jonas Bertling (ETS) Topic:  Introduction to National and International Large-Scale Survey Assessments Summary: This presentation will provide an overview of national and international large-scale assessments (LSAs) such as the United States’ National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and…

A Pragmatic Future for NAEP: Containing Costs and Updating Technologies

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) program — which produces the “Nation’s Report Card” and other critical education data — should make changes to understand and reduce its costs and open the door to innovation, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. “NAEP has not kept pace with the more streamlined approaches being pursued by other testing programs, and as a result is facing serious cost-containment issues,” said Karen Mitchell, retired senior director of the Medical College Admission Test at the Association of American Medical Colleges, and chair of the committee that wrote the…

How to make sure assessment practices are as authentic as possible

“It may seem radical, but replacing the traditional end-of-degree dissertation assessment with more bespoke, work-based project assessments could actually provide more opportunities for learners to apply what they’ve learned throughout their degree studies to real-world business projects, rather than demonstrating how much they know about one esoteric topic.” continue rading at: Times Higher Education

Exam skills won’t help you survive ‘Squid Game’

South Koreans: While boasting that she is street-smart and capable, the self-proclaimed silver-tongued Mi-nyeo says, “I’m totally smart. I just never studied.”The line stems from the widespread belief — not just here but in many other parts of the world — that being brainy and doing well on school exams are not necessarily the same.But in a country where 12 years of schooling can be summed up in a score on one crucial, potentially life-determining test, it resonates deeply with many. continue reading at: koreaherald.com

How computer-based GCSE and A-level exams could work

The pandemic has reinvigorated debate about whether GCSE and A-level exams should be taken on computers – but how would such a system actually work? Teenagers taking computer-based GCSE and A-level exams has become a matter of “not if, but when”, according to the head of the UK’s biggest exam board. Colin Hughes, the chief executive of AQA, said it would be possible to introduce on-screen assessment in as little as three years, and that it would bring considerable benefits. But how would such a system actually work? Continue reading at: Inews