Presentation on theme: "PREAL Working Group on Standards and Assessment"— Presentation transcript:
1 PREAL Working Group on Standards and Assessment National Standards, International Tests and Classroom-Based Assessments in Latin AmericaPREAL Working Group on Standards and Assessment54th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education SocietyChicago, March 3, 2010.
2 Working group objectives contribute to improving the quality and relevance of assessment concepts and practices – both external and school-based – and to extend, consolidate, legitimate and utilize the space they´ve already occupied in policy and program definition in Latin American countries, andPromote the discussion and generation of consensus with respect to content and performance standards, still scarcely developed in the region.
3 The WG todayOver 2000 registered members from almost all LA countries, except for about 100 from the US, Canada and European countries.26% public sector officers or technicians, 25% school personnel, 15% higher education staff, 11% NGOs, 5% students, 4% assessment specialistsA multidisciplinary, 8-member Steering Committee including assessment specialists, academics and policy makersA dozen frequent collaborators
4 Working Group activities Studies (main challenges, dissemination of test results, role of the press, costs, standards processes, classroom-based assessment)Website (links to national and international test reports and supporting documentation, research papers using test results, conceptual and methodological papers on assessment and standards policies and practices, national curricula and standards, press coverage of testing issues, our own activities)Network newsletter and electronic bulletinElectronic fora on key controversial topicsSeminars, conferences, workshopsPublication of study results, primers, position statementInformal exchanges with members and othersInformation clearinghouseEstudios:Determinants of student achievement – Gilbert Valverde & Martín BenavidesDefinition of learning expectations in Latin American reformed curricula – Guillermo FerrerQuality and challenges of Latin American assessment systems – Pedro Ravela, Gilbert Valverde, Richard Wolfe, Juan Manuel Esquivel, Patricia Arregui“State of the art” of Latin American assessment systems – Guillermo FerrerDissemination of test results by Ministries of Education – Pedro RavelaThe Press and tests – Pedro Ravela et al.The costs of assessments – Larry WolffTechnical challenges of Latin American tests – Richard WolfeStandards-setting processes in Latin America – Guillermo FerrerLa evaluación en aulatwo “primers” or introductory texts to key issues of standards and assessments…likely to become features in the syllabi of undergraduate and graduate training courses and references in other academics’ articles:The “Fichas Didácticas: Para comprender las evaluaciones educativas”, an introduction to standardized educational assessments – Pedro RavelaAn introduction to standards – Guillermo Ferrer.It is also currently finishing a collective text on“The educational assessments which Latin America needs”, which draws from the perspectives and experience of its Steering Committee members, plus several other network members who have reviewed and commented on various drafts.
5 Go to “Grupos de Trabajo – Estándares y Evaluación” Go to “Actividades”Go to “Grupos de Trabajo – Estándares y Evaluación”
6 TodayClassroom-based and External Assessments in Latin American Primary Schools. Pedro Ravela, Beatriz Picaroni and Graciela Loureiro Instituto de Evaluación de la Universidad Católica del UruguayLearning Standards Development in Five Latin American Countries. Guillermo Ferrer. Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina.Sixth-grade Student Employment and Academic Achivement: SERCE results from Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Perú. David Post. Pennsylvania State University and FLACSO, Quito.National Policy Implications of International Test Results in Latin America: The Case of Six Countries Participating in the OECD´s PISA and UNESCO´s SERCE. Felipe Martínez Rizo. Universidad de Aguas Calientes, MéxicoDiscussants: Laurence Wolff and Gilbert Valverde