A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the First Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia Ekaterine Dgebuadze and the Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Armenia Artur Martirosyan with the objective of promoting cooperation in language assessment instruments in Armenian and Georgian languages.
The parties endeavor to exchange experience on improving the system of training and assessment of teachers of the two countries, therefore the MoU highlights the future partnership prospects for the National Assessment and Examinations Center and the Assessment and Testing Center, acting under the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Armenia.
The Assessment and Testing Center will provide assistance to the NAEC for the development of an item bank consisting of 100 tasks for Teachers’ Professional Qualifying Examination for Armenian language and literature teachers working in Georgian schools. The National Assessment and Examinations Center will contribute to the development of the current assessment services and practices in Armenia.
This mutually beneficial collaboration is expected to bring positive and long-lasting effects on both organizations and result in the development, transfer and implementation of innovative practices at organizational, local, regional or national levels.
PIRLS is an international assessment of reading comprehension, which follows four years of primary schooling. The International Reading Literacy Study is conducted by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) in up to 60 countries and 15 regions around the world. Georgia has been involved in this study since 2006 and has since participated in the 2011 and 2016 studies.
The NAEC is responsible for administering the study locally with the support of school principals and teachers.
This year PIRLS will focus on reading objectives and comprehension process. 4 important components of the reading comprehension process will be evaluated: finding and understanding the information given in the test assignment; making conclusions from the text; interpreting thoughts and information and integrating with existing knowledge; evaluating and critical understanding of the content and textual elements.
Currently, the PIRLS definition of reading literacy is as follows:
“Reading literacy is the ability to understand and use those written language forms
required by society and/or valued by the individual. Readers can construct meaning
from texts in a variety of forms. They read to learn, to participate in communities of
readers in school and everyday life, and for enjoyment.”
The study aims to collect considerable background information from the assessed 9-10-year-old students, their parents, teachers and school principals on how education systems provide educational opportunities to their students, as well as the factors that influence how students use these opportunities. Background data include information about: national curriculum policies in reading; how the education system is organized to facilitate learning; students’ home environment for learning; school climate and resources; and how instruction actually occurs in classrooms. Trend results across assessments permit countries to monitor the effectiveness of their educational systems in a global context.
The PIRLS assessment provides internationally comparable data about how well children read together with information on student home support for literacy, curriculum and curriculum implementation, instructional practices, and school resources.
The NAEC prepares national reports and disseminates them among policy makers and school community members. PIRLS results are discussed at National Education Conferences with teachers, school leaders, education specialists, researchers, and policy makers.
Along with assessment and research the NAEC has been an Authorized Exam Center for various international exams since 2013. The Center offers comfortable and peaceful environment for high quality testing service.
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