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2013

The NAEC hosted the 3rd National Educational Conference “International Research and Georgia” on April 12-13, 2013. Education experts, representatives of higher educational institutions, non-governmental, international organizations, the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, and teachers took part in the conference. The conference focused on assessment experience in developed countries and the outcomes of international research.

The conference was further enriched by NAEC experts’ presentations, pre-conference forums, and other activities. There was great enthusiasm among delegates and civil society participants. After two invigorating days of plenary discussions and presentations, the conference concluded by setting out essential steps for the improvement of Georgia’s education system.

2009

The NAEC held the 2nd National Educational Conference, “Assessment for the Improvement of Quality of Education – Educational Assessment Systems in Georgia” on December 19-20. The conference was held in the Sheraton Metekhi Palace hotel.

The conference brought together education experts, representatives of schools, higher educational institutions, non-governmental, international organizations, the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, and other members of civil society. Among other major issues the Conference covered:

The fifth round of Unified National Exams;

The first round of Unified Post-Graduate Exams;

National Educational Olympiads;

Involvement in PISA, an international education research project;

Teacher certification exams planned for the summer of 2010.

The conference ended with a wealth of conversation surrounding assessment for the improvement of the quality of education and educational assessment systems in Georgia.

2008

The NAEC hosted the 1st National Educational Conference, “International Educational Research in Georgia – Reality and Initiatives” on August 16, 2008. The conference was held at the Courtyard Marriot Hotel. Education experts, representatives of higher educational institutions, non-governmental, international organizations, the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, and teachers took part in the conference. Among other major issues, the Conference covered the outcomes of international research and future recommendations.

The conference had two parts. The first was an academic-style workshop where NAEC experts presented their research and exchanged feedback. The second was a policy-oriented discussion wherein panels with senior representatives of policy institutions, as well as prominent academics, discussed key topics.

The deliberations of the conference included:

The importance of international research in education policy;

The results of international research in literacy;

The practice of teaching reading in Georgia and modern methods of reading;

The results of international research in teaching and learning mathematics and science;

The results of TIMSS 2007 according to cognitive skills;

International research in mathematics education.

The conference ended with remarks from participants on the need for professional networking events in Georgia.