The National Assessment and Examination Centre (NAEC) hosted the 43rd International Association for Educational Assessment’s (IAEA) annual conference on October 2-6, 2017 in Batumi, Georgia.
The theme of the conference was “Assessment as a Social Lever”, and aimed to explore how assessment is used as a change agent to improve social justice and the quality of teaching and learning in education.
The conference addressed a variety of issues including:
Validity, fairness, and equal opportunities in assessment;
Reducing social biases through assessment;
The use of technology to increase access to fair testing;
Raising standards through high-stakes testing – the social and educational consequences;
Using assessment policy to reflect changing international and national curricular priorities;
The impact of testing on the curriculum and on approaches to learning;
The implications of using test data as the basis for accountability in an educational system;
The global agenda for 21st century learning and the role of formative and summative assessment;
Social policy towards vocational and occupational assessment and encouraging alternative qualifications.
National and International Assessment as Political Levers: The Black Sea Session
Together with international delegates from 38 countries, NAEC experts and researchers presented new approaches in the field of assessment.
Iva Mindadze delivered a talk titled, ”Can schools ever benefit from summative assessment? Backwash effect and impact of summative assessment on school educational environment.”
Tamar Bregvadze discussed the, ”School leadership effect: Challenges of conceptualization and measurement in national and international assessments.”
Natia Andghuladze presented on the, ”Social Dimension of University Admission Exams in Georgia: Equity in Access to Higher Education”.
Nikoloz Kiknadze presented a paper titled, ”The use of technology to increase access to fair testing.”
Davit Gabelaia and Davit Chankotadze delivered a talk on, ”Stable, student-optimal matching of students and universities in Georgia.”
Mamuka Jibladze presented on the, “Dynamics of results of the school leaving examinations in Georgia.”
The IAEA was established in 1975 by a number of leading national testing agencies, intending to offer a global forum for all those involved in all forms of educational assessment – in primary or secondary schools, colleges or workplaces. Its members now include examining bodies, university departments, research organizations, and government agencies from more than 50 countries on all continents.
The broad purpose of IAEA is to assist educational agencies in the development and appropriate application of educational assessment techniques to improve the quality of education. IAEA firmly believes in ensuring successful international cooperation and therefore promotes and facilitates closer ties among relevant agencies and individuals worldwide. IAEA believes that such international cooperation can help nations learn from each other without any diminution of their cultural autonomy.
Black Sea Conference 2014
The NAEC organized the 3rd Black Sea Conference in autumn, 2014. Researchers, experts, and policymakers in the field of education from the U.S., UK, Israel, Holland, Lithuania, Estonia, and Black Sea region, among other countries were brought together in Georgia to discuss changes, problems, and novelties in the field of assessment.
The main focus of the 3rd Black Sea Conference was new technologies in educational assessment and classroom assessment. The keynote speakers and delegates addressed this challenge, which is significant for education around the world. Intense discussion followed presentations.
The conference concluded with remarks from participants of the conference on the need for professional networking events for the development of the field of assessment.
Black Sea conference 2009
The NAEC organized the 2nd Black Sea Conference in summer, 2009. A wide range of delegates from more than 15 countries including the UK, the USA, Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy, Israel, Germany, Lithuania, Estonia, Botswana, Bulgaria, Hungary, Turkey, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan discussed international research and education standards. More than 30 international experts presented in-depth overviews and illustrated how they use the results of international or national research in order to develop or change educational policy and strategy.
Representatives of leading educational organizations including the International Education Association (IEA), the Institute of Educational Progress, the National Institute of Testing and Evaluation (NITE), the Quality and Curriculum Centre (QCA), the Assessment and Statistics Institute, the Netherlands Testing Organization, Boston College, Humboldt University, Gothenburg University, and Rome University among others attended the conference.