Conference Program

The detailed Conference Program will be added later.

Sunday, October 1

hotel  lobby

 

10:00 – 17:00

Registration

11:00 – 14:00 – Rustaveli  Ballroom

 

Pre-Conference Workshop 1

How to assess higher order thinking skills? Theory and practice for paper based and computer based item formats

Caroline Jongkamp, Nico Dieteren (CITO), Netherlands

14:00 – 17:00 – ARMAZI HALL

 

Pre- Conference Workshop 2

Computer based and computer adaptive testing for large-scale, high-stakes exams

Dr. Steven Bakker (Director of DutchTest), Iwa Mindadze (NAEC)

Restaurant Nephele Hilton Hotel

 

18:30      

Welcome Reception

Note: Sunset at 18:55 to be observed from the terrace!

Monday, October 2

hotel  lobby

 

07:30 – 08:30                            

Registration

Rustaveli Ballroom

 

08:30 – 09:30

Opening Ceremony

09:30 – 10:30

 

Chair: Gordon Stobart

Keynote Speaker

Jo-Anne Baird, Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment

 “Assessment as a Policy Lever”

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

PARALLEL Sessions

 

Armazi Hall

 

Session 1.1 (11:00  – 12:30)

 

Chair: Anne Oberholzer

Validity, Fairness and Equal Opportunities; Meritocracy and the moral responsibility of researchers and practitioners

Paper 1:

Can examinations ever be fair? Investigating equal opportunities, meritocracy  and validity

Gordon Stobart, UK

Paper 2:

Fair assessment in an unfair world

Isabel Nisbet, UK

Paper 3:

Overcoming political and organisational barriers to international practitioner collaboration: Guidelines for insider researchers working in examination boards and other public organisations

Lena Gray,UK

Lazika  Hall

 

Session 1.2  (11:00 – 12:30)

 

Chair: Frans Kleintjes

Validity, Fairness and Equal Opportunities;

Fighting Differential Item Functioning and Unbalanced Assessments

Paper 1:

The fairness of our tests: reporting on item-level DIF analysis of high-stakes exams in England

Ben Smith, Ruth Johnson, UK

Paper 2:

Ensuring test dimensionality assessment in multidimensional models: JAMB experience

Akinyele O. Ariyo,Patrick Onyeneho, Nigeria

Paper 3:

Balancing the Reality with the Aspirations, and Meeting the Needs of an Untiered Examination: A True Case of Challenges Experienced in Malaysia

Alawiah Mohd Hussain, Malaysia

Egrisi Hall

 

Session 1.3   (11:00 – 12:30)

 

Chair: Nico Dieteren

Reducing Social Bias through Assessment;

Using Assessment Data to Detect and Fight Bias

Paper 1:

Social dimension of University Admission Exams in Georgia

Natia Andghuladze, Georgia

Paper 2:

The influence of English Language assessments to advance social discrimination in Swaziland

Clement Dlamini, Swaziland

Paper 3:

Affirmative policy as equity instrument: National examinations as a tool for affirmative action

Melaku Tesema, Johan Braeken, Norway

Kazbegi Hall

 

Session 1.4  (11:00 – 12:30)

 

Chair: David Ziegler

Reducing Social Bias through Assessment;

Fairness in Admission and Recruitment Practices

Paper 1:

Assessment as a Social Lever in Higher Education: norm-referenced and/or criterion-referenced assessments?

Robert Prince, South Africa

Paper 2:

Recognition of diverse students’ experiential and multimodal resources for access to Higher Education

Arlene Archer, South Africa

Paper 3:

Reporting large scale assessment result and the challenge of equity

Moses Oladipupo, Nigeria

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch Break

Egrisi Hall

 

Session 2.1 (14:00 – 15:30) 

 

Chair: Gordon Stobart

Validity, Fairness and Equal Opportunities;

Assessing performance and ability of educational professionals

Paper 1:

Screening System for Professional Training Programs for Israeli School Principals: Development, Operation, and Validation

David Ziegler, Avital Moshinsky, Lisa Levy, Itay Soudry, Anat Shirazi, Helena Kimron, Hany Shilton, Israel

Paper 2:

About admission to the medical residency in the republic of Azerbaijan

N.L.Aliyev, Aydin Gasimov, Azerbaijan

Paper 3:

The use of technology to increase access to fair testing for Recruit Police Constables in the Foundation Training of Hong Kong Police College

Frankie Cheung Ka-chun, China

Lazika  Hall

 

Session 2.2  (14:00 – 15:30)

 

Chair: Natia Andghuladze

Using Assessment Policy to Reflect Changing

Curricular Priorities; Assessment reform to address changing demands on teaching and learning

Paper 1:

Just an Ordinary Question. Science Test Items in Context

Steven Bakker, Netherlands

Paper 2:

Examining the role of evidence based language strategy in supporting assessment reform

Daniel Brooker, Leanne O Connor, UK

Armazi Hall

 

Session 2.3   (14:00 – 15:30)

 

Chair: Yoav Cohen

The Impact of Testing on the Curriculum and Approaches to Learning; Assessment Technology to Improve Instruction

Paper 1:

Gender Differences in Problem-Solving Processes: Results from Writing

Assessment

Randy Bennett, US

Paper 2:

Students celebrate learning with a digital formative assessment program

Saskia Wools, Netherlands

Paper 3:

Online Assessment and its Assimilation in Teaching and Learning

Tali Freund, Israel

Kazbegi Hall

 

Session 2.4   (14:00 – 15:30)

 

Chair: Hava Newman

The Global Agenda for 21st Century Learning and the

Role of Formative and Summative Assessment in this; The Effectiveness of Formative Assessment

Paper 1:

The application of a taxonomy as a teaching, learning and assessment tool

Celia Booyse, South Africa

Paper 2:

Formative assessment, teacher support, self-confidence and achievement: A

multilevel mediation model

Selda Yildirim, Huseyin Husnu Yildirim, Turkey

Paper 3:

Peer assessment as an instrument for creating social cohesion among senior

secondary school biology students in ABIA state

DR. C.N. Agbaegbu, Ursula Ngozi Akanwa, Nigeria

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

Armazi Hall

 

Session 3.1   (16:00 – 17:30) 

 

Chair: Gordon Cooper

Validity, Fairness and Equal Opportunities;

Effects of Scoring and Use of Computers

Paper 1:

Achieving Fairness in Awarding Scores through the Double Mark Capture

System

Gifted Maziya, DIamini Clement, Swaziland

Paper 2:

Differences between Computer based and Paper & pencil testing

Khurrem Jehangir, Saudi Arabia

Paper 3:

Transitioning to e-marking to maintain high standards of validity, offer equal

opportunities and maximise operational efficiencies: a Caribbean Examinations

Council case study

Anna Almond, UK

Lazika  Hall

 

Session 3.2   (16:00 – 17:30) 

 

Chair: Melissa Mackinlay

The Use of Technology to Increase Access to Fair

Testing; Better Testing, Better Marking

Paper 1:

The use of technology to increase access to fair testing for harare polytechnic national certificate in electrical power engineering

Wilfred Mazani, Zimbabwe

Paper 3:

Obvious and not so Obvious Benefits of Electronic Marking System Used at NAEC for Various Examinations

Nikoloz Kiknadze, Georgia

Egrisi Hall

 

Session 3.3   (16:00 – 17:30) 

 

Chair: John Pitman

The Use of Technology to Increase Access to Fair

Testing; Mixed Topics

Paper 1:

AHELO as a new assessment format in Higher Education in Russia

Elena Sokolova, Elena Urieva, Russia

Paper 2:

Stable, student-optimal matching of students and universities in Georgia

David Gabelaia, Georgia

Paper 3:

Some empirical benefits and associated costs of marking Question-item-groups (QIGs)

Rebbecca Hamer, Antony Furlong, Netherlands

Kazbegi Hall

 

Session 3.4   (16:00 – 17:30) 

 

Chair: Peter Tymms

The Impact of Testing on the Curriculum and Approaches

to Learning; Examples from the USA, Portugal and

South Africa

Paper 1:

The impact of testing on the curriculum and on approaches to learning

Christyan Mitchell, Anthony Alpert, USA

Paper 2:

Low stakes national external assessment in Portugal: a singular case among

European school systems

Paula Simoes, Sandra Pereira, Portugal

Paper 3:

The impact of feedback on the quality of assessment in a diverse schooling community

Celia Booyse, South Africa

Tuesday, October 3

 

hotel  lobby

 

08:30 – 09:30

Registration

Rustaveli Ballroom

 

09:30 – 10:30

Panel Presentation

Looking to the Future - Views from the Examination Boards - Nino Revishvili (National Assessment and Examinations Center, Georgia), Humphrey Ekema Monono (Cameroon General Certificate of Education Board, Cameroon) and Anat Ben-Simon (NITE, Israel)

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

PARALLEL Sessions

 

Armazi Hall  

 

Session 4.1  (11:00 – 12:30 )

 

Chair: Steven Bakker

The Use of Technology to Increase Access to Fair

Testing;  Evolution of Assessment: from Paper&Pencil to Computer Adaptive Testing and Automatic Essay Scoring

Paper 1:

The Evolution of Assessment

Frans Kleintjes, Mark Molenaer, Netherlands

Paper 2:

Validating Human and Automated Scoring of Essays

Yoav Cohen, Effi Levi, Israel

Paper 3:

Detection of Off-Topic Essays in the Context of Automated Essay Scoring

Anat Ben-Simon, Effi Levi, Israel

Lazika  Hall

 

Session 4.2  (11:00 – 12:30) 

 

Chair: Tamar Bregvadze

The Global Agenda for 21st Century Learning and the

Role of Formative and Summative Assessment in this; Necessity and Practice of Formative Assessment

Paper 1:

Student Assessment in Georgia – Shortcomings and Alternatives

Mariam Goduadze, Georgia

Paper 2:

Assessment tool validation research at Nazarbayev Intellectual schools: student performance monitoring system in Mathematics

Nico Dieteren, Netherlands, Laila Issayeva, Kazakhstan

Paper 3:

Formative and summative assessment in 21st century learning: need and

challenges in Nigeria

Monday Joshua, Akon Joshua, Nigeria

Egrisi Hall

 

Session 4.3  (11:00 – 12:30) 

 

Chair: Tali Freund

Using Assessment Policy to Reflect Changing Curricular Priorities; Use of Assessment Outcomes to Reinforce National Educational Policies

Paper 1:

Monitoring Languages in a Trilingual Setting

Esther van Loo, Diana Sartauova, Netherlands

Paper 2:

The Influence of Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) Mathematics Examination on the achievement of Curriculum Goals in Kenya: A Case of Nairobi County

Joseph Ndunu Githinji, Kenya

Paper 3:

Using assessment policy to reflect changing international and national curricular priorities. 

Fariza Imashpayeva, Nazgul Tuitina, Kazakhstan

Kazbegi Hall

 

Session 4.4  (11:00 – 12:30) 

 

Chair: Saskia Wools

The Impact of Testing on the Curriculum and Approaches to Learning; Formative Assessment Practices

Paper 1:

Use of peer assessment to achieve subject content coverage

Patience Chinyere Agommuoh, Ursula Ngozi Akanwa, Nigeria

Paper 2:

Assessment of Learners’ Achievement on the Curriculum and the Adequacy of  the Teacher in the Subject Matter

Kyagaba Dan, Uganda

Paper 3:

Methods of Assessment of Professional Skills through Testing in Journalism Studies

Irina Gvineria, Georgia

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch Break

Lazika  Hall

 

Session 5.1  (14:00 – 15:30)

 

Chair: Mary Pitoniak

National and International Assessments as Political Levers;  International Comparisons and National Policy Making

Paper 1:

Advantages and Disadvantages of Low and High Socioeconomic Status Students: A Closer Look at Turkey’s PISA-2015 Science Data

Huseyin Husnu Yildirim, Selda Yildirim, Turkey

Paper 2:

South African pupils’ starting points and growth in Grade 1

Peter Tymms, Sarah Howie,UK

Paper 3:

School leadership effect: Challenges of conceptualization and measurement in national and international assessments

Tamar Bregvadze,Georgia

Egrisi Hall

 

Session 5.2 (14:00 – 15:30) 

 

Chair: Linda Cook

The Use of Technology to Increase Access to Fair Testing; Automation of Test Production and Scoring

Paper 1

Digital Examination Production and Audit System

Tural Mustafayev, Maleyka Abbaszade, Azerbaijan

Paper 2:

Technological cycle of the process of assessment of written works, implemented on 9th grade school leaving examinations in the Republic of Azerbaijan

Elmir Shirinov, Aydin Gasimov, Azerbaijan

Paper 3:

System of the processing and objective evaluation of exam results Ilgar Mahmudov, Elshan Mustafayev, Azerbaijan

Armazi Hall

 

Session 5.3  (14:00 – 15:30)

 

Chair: Dennis Opposs

Raising Standards through High-Stakes Testing;

Setting and Maintaining Standards in National Examinations,

Project Presentation

Exam standards: how measures and meanings differ around the world

Lena Gray( UK), Natia Andguladze( Georgia), Christina Lee( Hong Kong),

Mafu Rakometsi (South Africa), Jo-Anne Baird( UK)

 

Kazbegi Hall

 

Session 5.4  (14:00 – 15:30)

 

Chair: Stuart Shaw

The Global Agenda for 21st Century Learning and the Role of Formative and Summative Assessment in this;

Assessment of Non-Cognitive Skills

Paper 1:

Assessment and Certification services for soft skills in public examinations in Tanzania: a case study of Dar es Salaam

Wemael Allen, Tanzania

Paper 2:

Supporting Students’ College Success:  The Role of Assessment of Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Competencies

Joan Herman, USA

Paper 3:

Employability Skills Credentialing for Global Workplace

Changhua Rich, USA

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

Egrisi Hall

 

Session 6.1 (16:00 – 17:30)

 

Chair: David Gabelaia

Validity, Fairness and Equal Opportunities;

Psychometric Aspects

Paper 1:

Investigating the invariance property of items and person parameters in the 2015 NABTEB fabrication and welding multiple choice examination

IfeomaIsiugo-Abanihe, Mark Ugwoke, Nigeria

Paper 2:

Fostering Greater Equal Opportunity in Assessment: A New Approach for Item Analysis

Charles Secolsky, Abdulelah Alqarni, Thomas P. Judd, USA

Paper 3:

Differential Validity, Differential Prediction and the Elementary Level Competency Measure

Armi Lantano, Eric Tadeo, Phillipines

Kazbegi Hall

 

Session 6.2 (16:00 – 17:30)

 

Chair: Joan Herman

The Use of Technology to Increase Access to Fair Testing; Use of Technology in High Stakes Assessments

Paper 1:

Computerization of the Matriculation Examinations in Israel: Achievements and Challenges – in Light of Two Decades’ Experience

Hava Newman, Tari Freund, Israel

Paper 2:

Enhancing examination administration and assessment through technology

Margaret Hui, Cindy Chiu, Hong Kong

Paper 3:

Effect of Presentation Accommodations on the Academic Achievement of Candidates with Visual Impairment in the GCE Ordinary Level Examinations in Cameroon

Monono Ekema Humphrey, John Teneng Awa, Cameroon

Lazika  Hall

 

Session 6.3 (16:00 – 17:30)

 

Chair: Anat Ben-Simon

The Implication of Using Test Data as the Basisfor Accountability in an Educational System; Researching

Factors Influencing Assessment Policies and Practices

Paper 1:

Assessment as a Tool for Communication and Improving Educational Equity

Kadriye Ercikan, Steve Elliott, USA/ Canada

Paper 2:

Understanding the drivers behind early and multiple entry practices in Welsh high stakes examinations

Rachel Sperring, Tom Anderson, Wales

Armazi Hall

 

Session 6.4 (16:00 – 17:30)

 

Chair: Randy Bennet

The Impact of Testing on the Curriculum and Approaches to Learning; Use of Assessment Data to Inform Teaching

and Learning

Paper 1:

Analyzing and Utilizing Assessment Data for Better Learning Outcomes

Tserennadmid Nyamkhuu, Ramya Vivekanandan, Thailand

Paper 2:

Can schools ever benefit from summative assessment? Backwash effect and impact of summative assessment on school educational environment

Iwa Mindadze, Georgia

Paper 3:

Subjective well-being in primary school: Does academic achievement matter?

Tatjana Kanonire, Irina Uglanova, Russian Federation

Wednesday, October 4

All day

Conference Tours

Thursday, October 5

 

hotel  lobby

 

08:00 – 09:00

Registration

Rustaveli Ballroom

 

09.00 – 10:00

 

Chair: Steven Bakker

Keynote

Hariharan Swaminathan, University of Connecticut

Standards for Large – Scale Assessments

10:00 – 10:30

Coffee Break

PARALLEL Sessions

 

Armazi Hall

(coffee break during the session)

 

10:00 – 12:30

Black Sea Session, offered by NAEC

Increasing the Accessibility, Fairness and Validity of Inferences Made From Test Scores

Linda Cook, Mary Pitoniak, Joan Herman, USA

Egrisi Hall

 

Session 7.1 (10:30 – 12:00)

 

Chair: Mafu Rakometsi

Validity, Fairness and Equal Opportunities;

Observations and portfolios

Paper 1:

Validation in assessing experts performance within the courses for the professional development of the pedagogical staff - the experience of Kazakhstan

Aigerim Aitbayeva, Kazakhstan

Paper 2:

Teacher performance assessment in schools: providing validity and equal opportunities for professional development

Aigerim Issatayeva, Saule Vildanova, Kazakhstan

Paper 3:

Effectiveness of implementing Continuous Assessment  in Early Childhood   Development and Education training institutions ,Nairobi County, Kenya, Elizabeth A Obade, Kenya

Kazbegi Hall

 

Session 7.2 (10:30 – 12:00)

 

Chair: Lena Gray

The Use of Technology to Increase Access to Fair Testing;  ICT use in commercial testing programs and software

Paper 1:

Becoming a Bug Club School: in what ways does it make a difference? Final results of an RCT study on a school-wide reading programme

Grace Grima, Alistair Hooper, UK

Paper 2:

The role of technology in supporting the creation of fair tests

Melissa Mackinlay, UK

Rustaveli Ballroom

 

Session 7.3 (10:30 – 12:00)

 

Chair: Jo-Anne Baird

The Global Agenda for 21st Century Learning and the Role of Formative and Summative Assessment in this;

Mixed Topics

Paper 1:

English for Academic Purposes in Israeli Institutions of Higher Education:

Bridging Local and Global Contexts

Ruth Fortus, Israel

Paper 2:

Critical Language Testing Unveils Implicit Policies and Challenges Three Iranian High-stakes Tests

Parvin Safari, Iran

Paper 3:

Promoting formative assessment practices to create student-centered environment in public schools in Georgia

Mariana Khundzakishvili, Nino Gurgenidze, Georgia

Lazika  Hall

 

Session 7.4 (10:30 – 12:00)

 

Chair:  Isabel Nisbet

Validity, Fairness and Equal Opportunities;

Social and Cultural Factors, Examples from South Africa

Paper 1:

Teaching, Learning and Assessment in a Multigrade Context.

Monica Stanley, Safoora Gqotso, South Africa

Paper 2:

Addressing the high repetition rate through a policy on learner progression in

the Republic of South Africa

Priscilla Ogunbanjo, Rufus Poliah, South Africa

Paper 3:

Using the Life Orientation Common Assessment Task to assess intercultural competence in Grade 12 learners

Robyn Mowatt, South Africa

12:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break

Kazbegi Hall

 

Session 8.1 (14:00 – 15:00)

 

Chair: Glenroy Cumberbatch

Validity, Fairness and Equal Opportunities;

Test Specifications

Paper 1:

Enhancing the Validity of Exam Specifications: Aga Khan University Examination Board Experience

Naveed Yousuf, Raabia Hirani, Pakistan

Paper 2:

Ensuring validity, fairness and equal opportunities in conducting summative assessment in Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools

Saidiburkhaniddin Adikhanov, Baurzhan Yessingeldinov, Kazakhstan

Lazika  Hall

 

Session 8.2 (14:00 – 15:00)

 

Chair: Dan Kyagaba

Reducing Social Bias through Assessment; 

Studies on Outcomes in  Science and Social Science

Subjects

Paper 1:

A comparative influence of school location on students’ academic performance in science subjects in niger state Nigeria

Muhyideen Jumobi, Nigeria

Paper 2:

Assessing the school’s thrust of social awareness and involvement in curricular

and co-curricular programs of miriam college

Maria Cynthia Alcantara, Phillipines

Egrisi  Hall

 

Session 8.3 (14:00 – 15:00)

 

Chair: Priscilla Ogunbanjo

The global agenda for 21st century learning and the role of formative and summative assessment in this; MCC Support to Improving Educational Quality in Georgia

 

The Millennium Challenge Corporation supporting Georgia 

Matt Sloan , Ira Nichols-Barrer, USA

rustaveli ballroom

 

Session 8.4 (14:00 – 15:00)

 

Chair: Esther van Loo

Social Policy Towards Vocational and Occupational Assessment and Encouraging Alternative Qualifications;  Standards Policy, and Effectiveness of Programs

Paper 1:

Leveraging a Credible Career Readiness Credential and Forming a Work Ready Community for the Black Sea Region

Jacqueline Krain, Plamen Youroukov, USA

Paper 2:

The Place of the Modular Trade Certificate Examination of NABTEB and National Vocational Qualifications Framework as Assessment tools for delivery of Technical and vocational and occupational assessment in Nigeria

Ifeoma M. Isiugo-Abanihe, Mark Ugwoke, Nigeria

Armazi Hall

 

15:00 – 16:30

IAEA Annual General Business Meeting

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

Sheraton Hotel

 

18:30 – 23:00

GALA DINNER

Friday, October 6

 

hotel lobby

 

08:00-09:00

Registration

PARALLEL Sessions

 

Armazi Hall

 

Session 9.1 (09:00 – 10:30)

 

Chair: Ruth Fortus

Validity, Fairness and Equal Opportunities;

Admission Testing

Paper 1:

Predicting the success of the Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Diploma in the United States

Stuart Shaw, Carmen Rodeiro, Cara Crawford, UK

Paper 2:

A new format of United National Testing in Kazakhstan as a way of improving education quality assessment system

Ramazan Alimkulov, Lyazzat Shinetova, Kazakhstan

Paper 3:

Masters’ Programs in Law Admission Test in Ukraine

Tetiana Vakulenko, Ukraine

Lazika  Hall

 

Session 9.2 (09:00 – 10:30)

 

Chair: Nino Revishvili

The Implication of Using Test Data as the Basis for Accountability in an Educational System; Integrity and Reliability of Test Data

Paper 1:

Dynamics of results of the school leaving examinations in Georgia

Mamuka Jibladze, Georgia

Paper 2:

Risk of using test data for decision making

Tumba John, Moses Oladipupo, Nigeria

Paper 3:

Testing and data integrity in the administration of assessment in Canada

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Egrisi Hall

 

Session 9.3 (09:00 – 10:30)

 

Chair: Tserennamid Nyamkhuu

The Global Agenda for 21st Century Learning and the Role of Formative and Summative Assessment in this; Innovative Assessment Frameworks and Approaches

Paper 1:

Holistic Assessment Framework and Integrated Formative and Summative Assessment for 21st Century Learning

Changhua Rich, Donna  Matovinovic, USA

Paper 2:

International Quality Range Assessment (IQRA) for Islamic Education

Noor Azlan, Amin Megat Mohamed, Malayzia

Kazbegi Hall

 

Session 9.4 (09:00 – 10:30)

 

Chair: Grace Grima

The Impact of Testing on the Curriculum and Approaches to Learning; Advanced Statistical Approaches

Paper 1:

Teachers’ use of assessment data to improve young children’s learning outcomes

Katharine Bailey, Francis Ndaji, UK

Paper 2:

Socially just measures of children’s achievement and change

Gordon Cooper, Nil Nil, Australia

Paper 3:

An Evaluation of Unidimensional Item Response Theory Models in Terms of Model Types, Variable lengths and Sample Sizes: Perspectives on UTME Physics

Akinyele O. Ariyo, Patrick Onyeneho, Nigeria

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

Rustaveli Ballroom

 

11:00 – 12:00

 

Chair: Tamar Gagoshidze

Keynote

Steve Rivkin, University of Illinois Chicago

Teacher and School Leader Evaluation and Compensation

rustaveli ballroom

 

12:00 – 12:30

Closing Ceremony

12:30-14:00

Lunch

Armazi Hall

 

14:00 – 16:00

Post – Conference Workshop

Issues around how best to provide evidence for assessment validity, reliability and fairness: the practice and challenge of validation.

Stuart D. Shaw, Cambridge International Examinations,

Cambridge Assessment


About The Event

Assessment as a Social Lever

The IAEA aims at providing a forum for exchanging ideas and experience with a view to enhancing educational assessment and strengthening mutual understanding and relationships among its members. The 43rd annual IAEA Conference is hosted by the National Assessment and Examinations Center (NAEC) - one of the primary members of IAEA and the largest professional organization in the field of Assessment in Georgia.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held in Hilton Batumi. This contemporary beachfront hotel is located at Batumi Seaside Boulevard, boasting close proximity to the city center. Batumi Airport is just a 10-minute drive away from the hotel. Ample on-site car parking is available with 181 spaces. A vibrant city in Georgia, Batumi is a lively, popular tourist destination on the coast of the Black Sea. Occupying a prime location overlooking the sea, the stylish Hilton Batumi offers easy access to the beach and the restored Batumi Old Town, with its tempting dining, glitzy casinos and eclectic nightlife. Expect stylish surroundings and contemporary amenities when you stay in one of this Batumi hotel’s 247 comfortable guest rooms and suites.


Keynote Speakers

Steve Rivkin
Steve Rivkin
University of Illinois Chicago

Steve Rivkin is currently Head of the Economics Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also Director of the John F. Kain Center for Education Research at the University of Texas at Dallas and a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and CES-IFO Research Institute in Germany. Steve Rivkin 's main areas of interest are the economics and sociology of education, where he has written on a wide range of issues including school leadership, teacher quality and labor markets, school desegregation, class size, special education, charter schools, student mobility, and school spending. He has served on a number of government advisory committees and task forces

Steve Rivkin will be discussing a comprehensive reform on evaluation and compensation for school leaders and teachers that has been implemented in Dallas, Texas and Washington, DC. He will provide some background on school accountability and pay for performance and then focus on the reforms in Washington and particularly in Dallas.

Jo-Anne Baird
Jo-Anne Baird
University of Oxford

Professor Jo-Anne Baird is Director of the Department of Education at Oxford University, having previously been the Director of the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment (OUCEA). Her research interests include policy issues in examinations and the relationship between assessment and learning. Jo-Anne Baird was President of the Association for Educational Assessment Europe from 2013 to 2015. Currently she is the Executive Editor of the international research journal Assessment in Education: Principles, policy and practice.

This Keynote Address will explore the use of assessment as a lever for policy-makers and politicians.  Studies have shown the extent to which national educational policies have apparently been influenced by the international tests.  Thus, the social lever strings are being pulled from afar and the agendas of those pulling the strings need to be scrutinized.  Exam boards are often highly trusted actors in national policy networks.  They are lobbyists, policy-makers in their own right and practitioners.  The way sin which exam boards influence assessment design and procedures will be considered and the soft power that is wielded in the process will be discussed.

Hariharan Swaminathan
Hariharan Swaminathan
University of Connecticut

Hariharan Swaminathan is professor of Education in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, and serves as the chair of the Department of Educational Psychology. His contributions to the field of education are highly valued as is testified by the numerous awards he received. Swaminathan 's research interests are in the areas of Bayesian statistics, item response theory and multivariate analysis. He served on editorial boards of main scientific journals and has been a member of numerous national and international technical advisory panels and boards of governmental and non-governmental organizations. Recently, Professor Swaminathan has worked with the Ministry of Education in Georgia in developing the Georgian National Assessment System.

His talk will cover technical issues (test design. validity, reliability, fairness) as well as policy related issues in large scale assessments.

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