A Lockdown Abroad Disrupts Testing at Home

Among the many disruptions to educational services caused by the novel coronavirus is one that may be in demand now more than ever: remote proctoring. Like a growing number of countries, the Indian government has locked down many areas in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, including companies employing contractors who serve as the eyes and ears of proctoring services used in the US and elsewhere. Source: EdSurge News

The IAEA 2020 Frances M. Ottobre Distinguished Student Scholarship

The 2020 Frances Ottobre Distinguished Student Scholarship is now open for applications. The award will support attendance at the 2020 IAEA Conference hosted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), 11-16 October 2020 in Accra, Ghana. The scholarship will consist of a maximum stipend of USD 2500 to cover travel, subsistence and conference registration costs.  The scholarship award is open to all graduate students in the field of educational assessment.  The winner will be selected based on the eligibility, the quality of the research and its relevance to education and the strength of the faculty recommendation.  Deadline for submission is…

Covid-19 update

In many countries around the globe, school leaving examinations and admissions tests are postponed or canceled because of the Covid-19 virus. Indonesia Indonesia scraps national exams due to COVID-19 UK: Cancelled exams to be replaced by teacher assessments  Netherlands: Minister scraps central exams; school exams to determine pass or fail Scotland Update on school closures and exams USA/ International College Board Coronavirus Updates (SAT), ACT Check the website of your examboard and/ or your government for the latest updates.

ETS Plans TOEFL at Home in Coronavirus-Affected Countries

The Educational Testing Service is planning a Test of English as a Foreign Language that can be taken from home for those in countries where the coronavirus has made in-person testing impossibl Source: Insidehighered.com

Detecting contract cheating: examining the role of assessment type.

Drawing on the largest contract cheating dataset gathered to date (see cheatingandassessment.edu.au), this article examines the types of assignments and exams in which students self-reported having engaged in some form of third-party cheating, and compares this with the types of assignments and exams in which staff self-reported detection of third-party cheating. Source: Higher Education Research & Development: Vol 0, No 0 (Ahead of Print.

Teaching intelligence: improving students’ assessment literacy

Over the past two years, a team of academics and students at the University of Reading’s Institute of Education (IoE) has undertaken a project to capture students’ understanding of assessment criteria and explore ways in which this can be developed. The main aim was to investigate the extent to which students understand the yardstick used to assess their work Source: Times Higher Education (THE)

No More National Exam per 2021 in Indonesia

Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim has announced four educational policy programs dubbed “Merdeka Belajar” or freedom of learning. One of them is the termination of the national examination (UN) starting in 2021.”The implementation of national exam in 2021 will be changed to the Assessment of Minimum Competency and Survey of Character, which consists of the ability of language (literacy), the ability of math (numeracy), and the strengthening of character education,” said Nadiem as quoted from the ministry’s website, Source: Tempo.co