Articles for Education

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 ...

Industry experts share their optimistic visions for the future of education

  Online, remote, on-demand, self-paced, informal, diverse, flexible, practical, life-long, augmented, gamified, automated ... these are some of the buzzwords related to the future of education, as seen by some of the most innovative players in the field. An interesting overview. Source: https://www.disruptordaily.com/what-is-the-future-of-education-11-experts-share-their-insights/   Photo credit: Caleb Minear @ Unsplash

Five Elite Linguists from Niger: a workshop for a UNESCO project provides a cross-cultural perspective on test localization

by Steve Dept - cApStAn partner   Fourteen years ago, in 2005, the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS) were preparing the implementation of their Literacy Assessment and Monitoring Programme (LAMP). The programme aimed to measure a spectrum of literacy levels in a number of developing countries. The tested populations were ...