Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year the NAEC had to work under completely different circumstances than normal. On the one hand, the Center was supposed to assess the knowledge and skills of about 70,000 examinees and on the other hand protect the health and well-being of the examinees and the staff. The Center modified the procedures for conducting and organizing the exams accordingly.
“I am honored to present the 2020 annual report of the National Assessment and Examinations Center (NAEC).
As a result of our dedication and hard work, together with the relevant organizations, we achieved our aims and the largest assembly in summer 2020 did not contribute to the spread of the infection. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to our partner organizations and the staff who made it possible.”
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.
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.
The National Assessment and Examinations Center has started an online registration for the following examinations: Unified National Examinations; Unified Masters Exam; Student Grant Competition; Teacher Competency Examination and Examination on Subject Maters; Special Education Teaching Certification.
Eligible applicants should register at online.naec.ge until the 31st of March 18:00PM.
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 compliance 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.
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Today, Sophio Gorgodze, the Director of the National Assessment and Examinations Center (NAEC), and Maleika Abbaszadeh, Chairperson of the State Examinations Center (SEC) of the Republic of Azerbaijan, signed another Memorandum of Understanding electronically via the Zoom platform.
The aim of the cooperation is to develop assessment instruments for Georgian and Azerbaijani language proficiency.
Collaboration between the centers started in the spring of 2020 and will be extended for another year in 2021. Under the Memorandum the NAEC’s experts will review and develop the SEC’s Georgian language item bank for school-leaving exams. The SEC on the other hand will assist the Center in the development of an item bank for Teachers’ Professional Qualifying Examination for Azerbaijani language and literature teachers working in Georgian schools.
The signing of this MoU 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.
The second round of the National School Olympiad 2020-2021 will be launched throughout Georgia on the 8th of March and continue until the 12th of March.
More than 6,000 students will take part in the second round of the Olympiad. Testing will be conducted in compliance with the regulations developed by the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia.
The Centralized National School Olympiad for 10-12 grade students will be conducted in the following subjects: Georgian language and literature, Georgian language for students of non-Georgian language schools, mathematics, history, geography, physics, chemistry, biology, foreign language.
More than 30,700 students expressed their desire to participate in the National School Olympiad. The first round was held in a different format, taking into account the number of Covid-19 infected citizens in the country. Students could participate remotely from any computer connected to the Internet.
The National School Olympiad is held in three rounds and each round is based on the National Curriculum.
The student who accumulates not less than 50% of the maximum score of the relevant subject test and is among the first fifty participants of the relevant class and subject ranking list will be eligible to pass to the third round of the National School Olympiad 2020-2021.
The purpose of the Olympiad is to stimulate the learning process and increase the motivation of students. Also, to identify candidates for the teams that will participate in the International Olympiads on behalf of Georgia. “
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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.
The first round of the National School Olympiad 2020-2021 was held from the 16th to 20th of November. Pupils from all over the country took part in the Olympiad online, from homes.
The contestants were given an opportunity to log in at www.naec.ge from 09:00 AM to 20:00 PM with their ID, password and complete the assignments. The students were able to see their results on the screen at the end of the test.
One should get at least 60% of the maximum score and be among the top 1000 students in the subject ranking list in order to make it to the second round. The ranking list of each round will be published by the National Assessment and Examinations Center on the website, in a special program, which will be accessible to the school administration.
If a participant was the winner of the Olympiad of the relevant subject of the previous year and for good reason failed to register or was not present in the first round of the Olympiad, he / she was given a right to participate in the next round of the Olympiad.
The Olympiad was held according to a specific grade in the following subjects:
Georgian language and literature;
Georgian language and literature for students from non-Georgian (ethnic minority) schools;
In case of any violation or other concern the Olympiad participant is entitled to apply to the local educational resource center by 17:00PM of the second day after the end of the relevant testing.
The National Training Olympiad is held in three rounds and each round is based on the National Curriculum.
More than 30,700 students registered in the National Teaching Olympiad this year. The Olympiad aims to stimulate the learning process and increase the motivation of students. Also, to identify candidates for the teams that will participate in the International Olympiads on behalf of Georgia.
The National Assessment and Examinations Center conducted a pilot testing from the 26th to 27th of November to assess 7th graders’ knowledge and skills in Mathematics and Georgian Language and Literature.
More than 1000 students from different schools in Georgia took part in the pilot testing. The testing was done online. Students were given an opportunity to complete test assignments electronically, from home.
The test results will be used by the Center to improve an online platform and testing format of the project “Assessment for Development”. Diagnostic evaluation will also help schools plan the upcoming academic year accordingly.
For the purposes of the project as well as due to the pandemic, only seventh-graders were involved in the pilot testing at this stage – the next try out will be planned after the results are analyzed.
In the framework of the same project, in the beginning of 2020, approbation of individual assignments was conducted in about 60 public schools. The National Assessment and Examinations Center started working on the project “Assessment for Development” in 2019.
It aims to assess the achievement level of fourth and sixth grade students with the help of an electronic platform at the end of the school year in Georgian language and literature (literacy) and mathematics (quantitative literacy).
The results will help students and parents monitor the progress made during the learning process and get information about the strengths and weaknesses of the students. This project will enable schools to observe the teaching and learning trends both at individual class level and at the school level in general.
The final results will not affect the student’s annual assessment.
The National Assessment and Examinations Center has been hosting Open Door Days online during the pandemic. This time some university entrants from Kutaisi were invited to discuss upcoming Unified National Examinations.
The event turned out to be highly engaging for the participants. Topics such as preparation for the exams, registration procedures as well as various issues related to specific subject groups were covered during the meeting.
Questions about the Unified National Examinations 2021 were answered by the director of the Center and the representatives of the subject groups.
In order to better inform the entrants, the National Assessment and Examinations Center started conducting Open Door Days in November. School-leavers from Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti have already been hosted online.
School-leavers from other regions of Georgia will also have an opportunity to attend online meetings. Electronic Open Door Days are conducted via the Microsoft Teams program. Students are distributed according to their location. Regional Resource Centers as well as school administration spread information about the timetable.
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.