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.

International Public Speaking Competition 2021

Dr. Sophia Gorgodze attended the final round of the International Public Speaking Competition and participated in judging  the participants together with other honorary jury members of the competition.

The international competition was organized by the English Speaking Union (ESU) bringing together young speakers aged 16 to 20 years. The event was attended by representatives of the competition supporting organizations, as well as the British Ambassador to Georgia – his excellency Mr. Mark Clayton and other guests from various diplomatic corps. Eight public speakers addressed the audience. This year’s topic was: “The best route to change engages all voices.”

The best three speeches were selected. Elen Basilashvili became the winner while Meri Gumushi was a runner-up and Elizaveth Metreveli got the third prize. The winner will take part in  an international grand finale organized online in London.

The first winner of the International Public Speaking Competition from Georgia became Dr. Sophia Gorgodze in 2002 and she was awarded by Prince Philip in Buckingham Palace. Dr. Gorgodze, who is now the head of the National Assessment and Examinations Center shared her personal experience with the contestants about the visit to the UK and awarding ceremony with representatives of the Royal Family.  She also recalled a chat with late Prince Phillip and talked  about importance of popularizing English Language and challenges that we have in terms of rural and urban gaps in language achievement.

Prince Philip and Dr. Sophia Gorgodze, award ceremony at Buckingham Palace

For nearly 100 years the English Speaking Union (ESU) has been promoting international friendship and understanding through the use of the English language. Initially based in London, it now has over 60 branches worldwide. As part of its work it runs many educational and cultural programmes. The ESU is a charity established by Royal Charter with Her Majesty the Queen as Patron. The former President of the ESU, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh (1957‑2012) was succeeded by HRH Princess Anne. Georgia joined the ESU in 1998 and held its official launch in 2000, with delegates from 41 countries attending the opening ceremony. The delegation was headed by Lord Watson of Richmond and Valerie Mitchell, Director-General of the ESU. ESU Georgia was founded by Marina Tsitsishvili, who had a distinguished career in establishing cultural links between Georgia and the UK.

PISA 2022 Cycle Pilot Testing Is Underway

The National Assessment and Examinations Center started pilot testing for PISA 2022 on the 16th of March, 2021.

72 schools from Tbilisi, Adjara, Imereti, Shida and Kvemo Kartli, Samegrelo Zemo-Svaneti and Kakheti are involved in the pilot study. Some 15-year-old students both from public as well as from private schools participate in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). The try out will conclude on the 16th of April. The main testing is planned for 2022.

Pilot testing is being carried out in accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs, as well as the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health.

The International Student Assessment Program (PISA) has been conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since 2000. It involves more than 70 countries around the world. PISA measures 15-year-olds’ ability to use their reading, mathematics and science knowledge and skills to meet real-life challenges. It aims to equip citizens with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their full potential, to contribute to an increasingly interconnected world, and to convert better skills into better lives needs to become a more central preoccupation of policy makers around the world.

Georgia has been involved in the International Student Assessment Program (PISA) as a partner country since 2009 and has so far participated in all cycles of 2009, 2015 and 2018.

Continue to Study in Georgia

The National Assessment and Examinations Center supports Georgian citizens’ endeavors to continue studying in Georgia. Therefore, each year the Center opens call for applicants who are willing to transfer from foreign universities to Georgian higher educational institutions.

This year the registration started from the 20th of February and will be open until the 5th of February 18:00pm.  

Eligible candidates should be citizens of Georgia who have studied / are studying and have received credits / qualifications at a higher education institution recognized by law in a foreign country (they have been abroad for a period of study, not less than 75 days per semester).

Detailed information regarding registration procedures can be found here.

Please click for the test sample.

Application form can be downloaded from here.

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2019

The National Assessment and Examinations Center offers the results of Georgia within the framework of an international survey on Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2019.

Conducted every four years since 1995, TIMSS has been a valuable tool for monitoring international trends in mathematics and science achievement at the fourth and eighth grades. Georgia was first involved in 2007 and since then has participated in TIMSS 2011, 2015 and 2019. Georgia was represented by both 4th and 8th grades. The study was administered by the National Assessment and Examinations Center.

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) enables participating countries assess their education system, existing teaching practices, and identify obstacles to teaching mathematics and science. The study evaluates the achievement dynamics of the same educational level student compared to previous cycles, and also shows whether student achievement has changed over the years at different stages of learning process in the country (primary and lower secondary).

64 countries participated in TIMSS 2019. 58 countries and 6 regions participated in fourth grade assessment, and 39 countries and 7 regions participated in eighth grade assessment.

From 2019, TIMSS switched to electronic assessment (e-TIMSS). Before stepping towards e-Assessment Georgia conducted a transitional Bridge research. The research fieldwork was conducted from April 24 to May 29, 2019. 226 schools from Tbilisi and different regions of the country participated in the TIMSS 2019 cycle throughout Georgia. A total of 154 fourth (6,002 students) and 145 eighth graders (5,698 students) participated.

Specially designed questionnaires were also completed by school principals, teachers and parents / guardians of fourth graders.

The report can be found here.

The presentation in Georgian can be seen here.

In addition, for the first time, interested parties will have an opportunity to visit the TIMSS website and receive information about the main data of the 2019 survey in Georgian.

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2019 Results, Georgia

On 8th of December the National Assessment and Examinations Center published the results of Georgia within the framework of an international survey on Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2019.

Today, an international presentation of the TIMSS 2019 report was held by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The event, which was attended by education professionals and accredited journalists from all over the world, covered the main findings and challenges of the research. Sophio Gorgodze, the Director of the National Assessment and Examinations Center also participated in the following discussion.

Conducted every four years since 1995, TIMSS has been a valuable tool for monitoring international trends in mathematics and science achievement at the fourth and eighth grades. Georgia was first involved in 2007 and since then has participated in TIMSS 2011, 2015 and 2019. Georgia was represented by both 4th and 8th grades. The study was administered by the National Assessment and Examinations Center.

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) enables participating countries assess their education system, existing teaching practices, and identify obstacles to teaching mathematics and science. The study evaluates the achievement dynamics of the same educational level student compared to previous cycles, and also shows whether student achievement has changed over the years at different stages of learning process in the country (primary and lower secondary).

64 countries participated in TIMSS 2019. 58 countries and 6 regions participated in fourth grade assessment, and 39 countries and 7 regions participated in eighth grade assessment.

From 2019, TIMSS switched to electronic assessment (e-TIMSS). Before stepping towards e-Assessment Georgia conducted a transitional Bridge research. The research fieldwork was conducted from April 24 to May 29, 2019. 226 schools from Tbilisi and different regions of the country participated in the TIMSS 2019 cycle throughout Georgia. A total of 154 fourth (6,002 students) and 145 eighth graders (5,698 students) participated.

Specially designed questionnaires were also completed by school principals, teachers and parents / guardians of fourth graders.

The international average score is 500.

The results of Georgia in 2019:

Mathematics (4th grade) – 482 points;

Mathematics (8th grade) – 461;

Natural Sciences (4th grade) – 454;

Natural Sciences (8th grade) – 447.

The results of the research revealed that in the 2019, Georgian fourth-graders significantly improved their achievements in mathematics. Georgia was also named among the five countries that have increased the most compared to 2015.

“These results of the study show the progress as well as the current challenges. Advancement is really obvious. It is clear that the results of the fourth graders have improved in mathematics, and in one direction (direction-numbers) for the first time since 2007 exceeded the international average. Achievements in eighth grade mathematics and science at both levels remain a challenge, with only minor improvements that are not statistically significant; However, if we look at the data in rural and urban contexts, it appears that rural fourth-graders have significantly improved their results in natural science. Also, according to the available data, the differences in the achievement between rural and urban schools are decreasing and almost eliminated. ”

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

The initial report and presentation of Georgia can be found here.

In addition, for the first time, interested parties will have an opportunity to visit the TIMSS website and receive information about the main data of the 2019 survey in Georgian.

Teachers and School Leaders as Valued Professionals (TALIS) 2018 Report, Georgia

The OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) is the largest international survey asking teachers and school leaders about their working conditions and learning environments. It provides a barometer of the profession every five years.

Georgia has been involved in TALIS since 2013. In 2018 Georgia’s participation was made possible through the financial support of Second Compact of Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) with Georgia, administered by Millennium Challenge Account – Georgia (MCA-Georgia).

Across all survey components, approximatively 260 000 teachers responded to the survey, representing more than 8 million teachers in 48 participating countries and economies. In Georgia, 3 101 lower secondary teachers and 177 principals completed the TALIS questionnaires.

Based on the voice of teachers and school leaders, TALIS 2018 report offers a series of policy recommendations to help strengthen the professionalisation of teaching careers. The report aims to provide an in-depth analysis of teachers’ and school leaders’ perceptions of the value of their profession, their work-related well-being and stress, and their satisfaction with their working conditions. It also offers a description of teachers’ and school leaders’ contractual arrangements, opportunities to engage in professional tasks such as collaborative teamwork, autonomous decision making, and leadership practices.

Nine main themes were selected for inclusion in the TALIS 2018 survey: teachers’ instructional practices; school leadership; teachers’ professional practices; teacher education and initial preparation; teacher feedback and development; school climate; job satisfaction; teacher human resource issues and stakeholder relations; and teacher self-efficacy. Two cross-cutting themes were added to this list: innovation; and equity and diversity.

A detailed report of TALIS 2018 country-by-country can be found here.

Examinations 2020: Georgian Experience

The examination process in 2020 has become more challenging than ever before due to the pandemic. To ensure the safety of the examinees, implement public health measures and avoid COVID-19 transmission, recommendations related to the new coronavirus had been adopted. The recommendations were adopted by the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) and the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia. These recommendations were strictly followed by the National Assessment and Examinations Center.

The Unified National Examinations

The Unified National Examinations 2020 started on July 6th and ended on July 25th. It was administered in 24 examination centers established all over Georgia: Tbilisi, Batumi, Poti, Zugdidi, Ozurgeti, Kutaisi, Akhaltsikhe, Gori, Rustavi, Telavi, and Khulo. The number of applicants for the United National Examinations was more than 39 300 and approximately 94% of the applicants took the Unified National Examinations.

The results have already been published and the appeal process has also been finished. After the publication of the appeal results, the entrants were able to make changes in the list of programs of their choice depending on the university ratings and according to their exam scores.

The enrollments and information about the government grants were announced on August 31. 29 614 entrants will continue studying at higher education institutions and almost 6 550 of them will receive the government grant. More than 1 000 applicants will receive 100% funding, almost 1 500 applicants will receive 70% funding, and more than 4 000 applicants will receive 50% funding. The entrants should register in the higher education institutions to continue studying.

The Students’ Grant Competition

The number of applicants registered for the Student Grant Competition was more than 3 600 and their 78% participated in the Student Grant Competition. The competition was held on July 25th. The results were announced in the first half of August.

If the student doesn’t improve their grant they still maintain their current funding and have a right to register for the following years’ competition.

The Master’s Graduate Entry Examinations

The Master’s Graduate Entry Examinations started on August 1st and finished on August 4th. More than 12,600 applicants were registered and 87% of the applicants took the exam.

After passing the Master’s Graduate Entry Examinations, applicants take a specialty exam directly in their respective higher education institutions.

Unlike previous years, this year entrants for the Master’s Graduate Entry Examinations took only one type of test, this completely eliminates the problems associated with the choice of educational programs and mobility.

The results have already been announced and the appeal process continues from august 27 to September 2.

The Teacher Certification Examinations

The Teacher certification examinations for the beginning teachers started on July 22nd and finished on July 30. Up to 12 000 applicants were registered for the subject examinations this year and 88% participated in the exam. The results have already been announced and the appeal process has been finished as well.

The examination centers were located in the following cities: Batumi, Poti, Zugdidi, Ozurgeti, Kutaisi, Akhaltsikhe, Gori, Tbilisi, Rustavi, and Telavi.

According to the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia, the teacher certification examinations for the practicing teachers has been postponed and will be conducted in autumn by the National Assessment and Examinations Center.

The pandemic situation in the country hasn’t worsened due to the examinations 2020.

Study in Georgia

Registration of those who want to Continue to Study in Georgia from higher educational institutions of foreign countries will start on August 1, 10:00 and will continue until August 20, 18:00

Citizens of Georgia who have studied / are studying and have received credits / qualifications in a higher education institution recognized in accordance with the law in a foreign country (they were abroad for a period of study, not less than 75 days during the semester) will be able to take the exam.

The basis for taking the exam is a person’s application about taking the exam. The application is filled out in the building of the National Assessment and Examinations Center (Address: Tbilisi, E. Mindeli Street N9), and in the regions – in the Educational resource centers. of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture And Sport of Georgia

Registration details Link in Georgian.

Study in Georgia

Studying in Georgia is an important thing to consider for international student desiring to pursue a Quality Education in any chosen field of academic study. Georgia is famous having rich and diverse culture. Tourists from all over the world come to visit the country around the year. Georgians are free-spirited people.

Georgia is one of the best countries to study. They have wonderful universities in Georgia that are recognized World-wide. The Standard of Education in Georgia is as high as studying in the United States, Canada, UK or other European countries.

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