Consultation launched into future of Scottish exams and qualifications

The consultation will last until December 16, is looking for views on the balance of exams and other forms of assessment, recognising the achievements of a wider range of pupils, how technology can be used and how the system can best be used to demonstrate the “strengths and achievements” of learners. Read more at: heraldscotland.com

Math Scores Fell in Nearly Every US State, and Reading Dipped

U.S. students in most states and across almost all demographic groups have experienced troubling setbacks in both math and reading, according to an authoritative national exam released on Monday, offering the most definitive indictment yet of the pandemic’s impact on millions of schoolchildren. In math, the results were especially devastating, representing the steepest declines ever recorded on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the nation’s report card, which tests a broad sampling of fourth and eighth graders and dates to the early 1990s. Read more at: nytimes.com

The 48th Annual IAEA Conference

The 48th Annual International Association for Educational Assessment  (IAEA) Conference will take place on September 24 – 29, 2023 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. The conference will be held under the theme “Digitizing Assessments and Credentials”. Visit the conference website

ACT Scores Fall to Lowest Level In 30 Years

In yet another data point on missed learning during the pandemic, ACT scores from this year’s high school graduates dropped to their lowest level in three decades, according to a report released Wednesday. Exam-takers averaged 19.8 out of a possible 36 total points on the college admissions test, the first time since 1991 that nationwide  results dipped below 20. Read more at: The 74 or find detailed data at the ACT website

Exam boards apologise to students months after results were delayed

The heads of two major exam boards admitted teenagers were left “stressed and anxious” after thousands of exam results were delayed this summer. The leaders of OCR and Pearson exam boards made a personal apology in front of MPs after many students taking vocational qualifications failed to be given grades on results days in August. More than 10,000 BTEC results and 3,200 Cambridge Technical results were handed out late, delaying students from confirming college and university places and excluding some from the university clearing system. Source: www.standard.co.uk

From Learning Recovery to Education Transformation

From Learning Recovery to Education Transformation, a new joint report by UNESCO, UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), UNICEF, The World Bank and The OECD, presents findings from the fourth round of the Survey on National Education Responses to COVID-19 School Closures, administered between April–July 2022 with responses from Ministries of Education in 93 countries. Download the report from: unicef.org

Why test prep for children focuses on math exams

New research shows that the reason children show more progress on math exams than on English exams partially stems from incentives embedded in the way standardized tests are designed. The  researchers found that math exams typically measure ability more precisely than ELA exams for students who are close to achieving proficiency. This matters because proficiency is a central metric for many state accountability systems, and prior research has found that teachers tend to target instruction to marginally proficient students. An article summarizing the research will be published in the Summer 2022 issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and…

Improving the quality of education in the Pacific

Results from PILNA, the Pacific Island’s largest education assessment will help to inform improvements to literacy and numeracy in the region. To mark International Literacy Day, results from the fourth cycle of the Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (PILNA) were released on 8 September, measuring the literacy and numeracy skills of 40,000 students who have completed four and six years of basic education in the Pacific. Source: ACER

‘Learning assessment’ to replace national test in Trinidad and Tobago

The new format is being called the TT National Learning Assessment (TTNLA). It will be based on existing curriculum guides in maths and English only, and will be administered to a “random, representative sample of schools and students during term three of each academic year.” read more at: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday