NAEC’s Participation in the 9th International Research Conference (IRC)

Dr. Sophia Gorgodze represented the NAEC at the 9th IEA International Research Conference (IRC) which took place on 16-18 November 2021 at Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Sophia Gorgodze, the Director of the National Assessment and Examinations Center at IRC 2021

IRC is an international forum for researchers working with IEA data to exchange ideas and information on critical educational issues. The conference takes place every two years and is hosted by IEA partner institutions. The conference provides an important opportunity for researchers and practitioners to discuss IEA studies and to learn from secondary analyses of published results.

The 9th IEA International Research Conference (IRC) was dedicated to the theme “Researching Education: Trends and Changes”. Keynote speakers were Dr. Rabbaa Al Sumaiti, Assistant Undersecretary, UAE Ministry of Education and Dr. Matthias von Davier, Executive Director, International Study Center Boston College, USA.

The conference provided the opportunity to meet colleagues and friends, engage in interesting and fruitful discussions and advance explorations and understanding of educational attainment in its context, the roles and needs of education stakeholders, and options for improved education globally.

Each session included several presentations organized around themes related to one or more of the IEA studies (such as ICCS, ICILS, PIRLS, TIMSS), methodology and analysis in large-scale assessment, learning and teaching practice in international education, using IEA data for evaluation or development at national and regional levels, and the policy implications of research.

Partnership with Armenia

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.

Reading in Georgia | PIRLS 2021 has Started

Some 5716 pupils and 261 teachers from 192 schools will represent Georgia in Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2021 during October 11 – 20.

Dr. Sophia Gorgodze, the Director of the National Assessment and Examinations Center discussed the ongoing PIRLS 2021 Study in Georgia

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.”

PIRLS 2021 ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORKS

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.

Call for Cambridge English Qualifications

Registration for the Cambridge English Exams will begin on October 11 and conclude on October 22. Applicants should send the completed application form and relevant documentation electronically within this period.

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.

Cambridge International Qualifications are trusted by more than 13,000 employers, colleges, universities and government agencies. Each exam is carefully designed to consolidate the skills developed at the previous level, and lay the foundations for future success.

Cambridge English exams are recognized by over 25,000 universities, employers and governments around the world. Cambridge English language tests can open doors to higher education, improve employment opportunities, and because they are globally recognized, can increase your choices for study or work.

Testing will be conducted at the National Assessment and Examinations Center according to the following schedule:

Paper-based KET – December 3

Paper-based PET – December 3

Paper-based FCE – December 11

Paper-based CAE – December 4

For more information on international exams, please feel free to contact:

Contact person: Ketevan Otiashvili

Email: kotiashvili@naec.ge

Phone: 0322473333 (ext. 7432)

Address: Tbilisi, 9 Mindeli str.

Vocational Testing will be Conducted on the 13th and 14th of September in Tbilisi

After successfully conducting the first round of vocational examinations in the regions the NAEC will host applicants in six fully equipped Exam Centers in Tbilisi.

A total of more than 10 000 applicants have registered for the 2021 vocational testing, more than 5 200 of them will take exams in Tbilisi.

On the 13th of September the Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia Tamar Kitiashvili and the Director of the National Assessment and Examinations Center Sophia Gorgodze observed the process in one of the examination centers in Tbilisi.

Vocational testing is computer adaptive, therefore, each applicant has an opportunity to demonstrate his/her competence and learn the results once the exam is concluded. Vocational exams are conducted in the following subjects:

  • General Abilities – 50 points (2 hours);
  • Biology – 30 points (1.5 hours);
  • Chemistry – 30 points (1.5 hours).

The minimum competency threshold is 15% of the maximum score in each subject.

An online tryout testing was conducted on the 12th of September. The registered applicants were given an opportunity to learn about the features of the program and sample test assignments remotely/from home.

As in 2020 in 2021 the examination process is carried out in full compliance with the recommendations set by the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia.

Primary Results of Teacher Competency Examinations are Being Published

The results are already available at www.naec.ge and online.naec.ge for teachers and candidate teachers who have taken exams in elementary school subjects, fine and applied arts, physics, chemistry, biology and geography.  Each applicant may feel free to see the raw scores as well as papers through their personal accounts.

Exam results can also be learnt via text messages. The applicant should send his / her examination identification number from cell phone (Magti, Geocell) to 93333 (service fee will be deducted 0.50 GEL from the account as many times as the subscriber sends the message).

The final scaled scores will be published as soon as the marking process in all subjects is completed.

The National Assessment and Examinations Center began conducting qualification exams for teachers in 2010. The Center has carried out the Teacher Competency Examination and Exam for Candidate Teachers since 2017.

More than 28,700 applicants have registered for the 2021 Teacher Competency Examinations.

Currently the Professional Competency Examination in Subject Matters is offered in the following fields:

• Georgian Language and Literature (primary level);

• Mathematics (primary level);

• Natural Sciences (primary level);

• Georgian Language and Literature, Mathematics and Natural Sciences (I – IV grades);

• Georgian Language and Literature (secondary and tertiary levels);

• Georgian as a Second Language (primary, secondary and tertiary levels);

• Mathematics (secondary and tertiary levels);

• Social Sciences (secondary and tertiary levels): History, Geography, Civic Education;

• Natural Sciences (secondary and tertiary levels): Physics, Chemistry, Biology;

• Foreign Languages (primary, secondary and tertiary levels): English, German, French,

Russian;

• Aesthetic Upbringing Subjects: Arts, Music, Sports;

• Informational Communication Technologies.

Additional Exam Sessions for Covid-19 Recovered Applicants

An additional Georgian language and literature exam session will be conducted on July 21 for more than 100 entrants.

Additional examination sessions are scheduled for examinees who were unable to take exams on time due to the Covid-19 diagnoses. Only one additional session will be scheduled in each subject.

On July 23, more than 30 entrants will take the math exam, on July 25, more than 70 entrants will take the foreign language exam, and on July 27, up to 90 entrants will take the history exam. Dates for additional sessions scheduled for other exams will be published at naec.ge.

Today, Dr. Sophia Gorgodze, the Director of the National Assessment and Examinations Centre, is on the spot to observe the examination process in various exam centers in western Georgia.

The marking process has already begun.

The Center will start publishing the results from the first half of August.

The National Assessment and Examinations Center once again wishes good luck to the entrants and kindly reminds them about the possibility to modify the list of educational programs in their online applications until the day after the publication of the results of the appeals.

The Unified National Examinations 2021 Started Today

The examination process started simultaneously in 25 exam centers throughout Georgia on the 1st of July 09:00 AM with Georgian Language and Literature exam in two sessions.

More than 38,400 applicants are registered for the 2021 exams.

The Unified National Examinations are centralized, high-stakes and computer based. The whole process is standardized, every procedure including test development, administration, marking and appellation is in accordance with established regulations and applicants are in equal conditions. By means of valid, fair, and reliable educational assessment the NAEC contributes to the improvement of the quality of education in Georgia.

The 2021 exams will be conducted in full compliance with the recommendations set by the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia.

It is highly recommended for examinees to be present at each exam on time with an identity document and an exam card indicating the time and place of each exam. The National Assessment and Examinations Center once again kindly reminds the public that test takers will not be allowed after the registration is complete.

As in 2020, this year test takers and invigilators will be admitted to only 50% of the space of ​​each examination sector. Each desk will be equipped with a transparent protective shield / barrier from the front; The distance between the tables will be at least 2 meters, and the distance between the tables arranged in a row – 1 meter. Wearing a face mask will be mandatory throughout the examination process. Air conditioners will be switched on at temperatures above 30 ° C.

Each exam center also includes special quarantine spaces for applicants with a high temperature.

This year, the Covid-19 infected examinees will have an opportunity to take exams 14 days after recovery. Additional sessions will be conducted once per subject before the end of examination period. The list of examinees will be developed according to the information provided by the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health.

Emergency, Rescue and Police brigades will be patrolling around each exam center until the examination process is concluded.

Annual Meeting with Exam Center Administrators and Coordinators was Organized by the NAEC

Sophia Gorgodze, the Director of the National Assessment and Examinations Center, Kakha Jamburia, the Deputy Director and the heads of the relevant departments of the NAEC discussed the latest updates in terms of safety measures during the exams.

The 2021 examination process will be conducted in full compliance with the healthcare guidelines set by the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia.

50 Administrators and Coordinators in 25 Examination Centers will be leading the examination process throughout Georgia in 2021.

The Latest Findings of International Researches (TIMSS, TALIS, PISA) Have Been Discussed During the Workshop at the NAEC

Zakaria Giunashvili, the Head of the Research and Psychometrics Group and Giorgi Ratiani, the Coordinator of the Research Group introduced the significant factors identified during the latest international research (PISA, TALIS, TIMSS) that have an impact on students’ achievement and social-emotional development.

“It is crucial to organize such gatherings. Hopefully, todays discussion will encourage education specialists and decision makers to draw more attention to the latest findings of international and national research and plan education policy accordingly. ”

Sophia Gorgodze, the Director of the National Assessment and Examinations Center

The workshop was attended by the First Deputy Minister of Education and Science Ekaterine Dgebuadze, representatives from various educational institutions, as well as teachers and school principals that participated in the research. During the meeting, a discussion was held, which mainly focused on the analysis of the improved achievements of IV grade students in rural schools in Georgia that have been highlighted by Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).

“The increase in results in rural schools was due to the fact that there was a complex approach based on support from the state. Teachers were given an opportunity to listen to subject trainings, at the same time they had the opportunity to include a variety of educational resources in the learning process. It is noteworthy that the culture of teacher cooperation has increased – we share our opinions, even about subject trainings, methods, strategies and we are more focused on the success of a particular student. “

Sophio Kublashvili, the director of Mukhrani №1 public school.

Research is an important direction of the National Assessment and Examinations Center. The center has been involved in international educational research (PISA, PIRLS, TIMSS, TALIS) and conducting national assessments for more than fourteen years.