Articles for Education

Report of OECD-GESIS seminar on translating/adapting instruments in large-scale assessments now published

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village   The translation and adaptation of measurement instruments is of vital importance in achieving comparability of data in large-scale assessments. What is meant by "comparability" and how can translations be produced that meet the objectives for comparability? This was the ...

Two recent key international assessments, PISA and ICILS, raise serious concerns about students’ capacity to critically assess information found online

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village   Reading is no longer mainly about extracting information; it is about constructing knowledge, thinking critically and making well-founded judgements". "Students need to be able to read complex texts, distinguish between credible and untrustworthy sources of information, and between fact ...

Release of OECD PISA studies 2018 results – worldwide resonance 🌎

In general, the press reports too much on country ranking and benchmarking, and too little on more interesting data such as within-country variance; gender equality in the three OECD PISA studies domains; resources invested in education; the correlation between the students' (and schools') socioeconomic status and their performance on PISA ...

Social and emotional skills are not only important for individuals but also shape the larger communities and societies we live in

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village   The assessment framework of the OECD Study on Social and Emotional Skills (SEL) has just been published. (1) Together with the previously published conceptual framework, the Study now has complete framework documentation explaining all of its substantive and methodological ...

The latest cycle of ICILS reveals that over 40% of students have only minimal ability to critically assess information found online

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village   Contrary to common assumption young people do not necessarily develop sophisticated digital skills just by growing up using digital devices: 18% of students who took part in the latest cycle of the International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) ...

How to avoid the hidden threats to translation quality in computer-based assessments

by Steve Dept, cApStAn CEO A majority of test providers have migrated from pencil-and-paper assessments to computer-based assessments in the first two decades of this century, and this has driven a surge in sophisticated testing platforms. These offer a broad range of advantages: from enhanced testing experience for respondents to ...

A Translatability Workshop for Test Authors

Published in: Education

by Steve Dept, cApStAn CEO Experienced psychometricians and test authors who writes good questions can be monolingual. It doesn't prevent them from doing a sterling job. As a matter of fact, Anglo-Saxon items writing practices have dominated the assessment universe for about half a century now, and psychologists who master ...