In 2017, the European Commission issued a Country-Specific Recommendation to Slovakia on quality, equity, and access to education. As of now, the Slovakian government, teachers, schools, school backers, parents, and students still lack quantitative evidence on the quality of schooling and a systematic process to track student achievement over time or in relation to national learning standards. As of now, Slovakian quality monitoring of primary and secondary education is provided through internal and external evaluations. Each school carries out a self-evaluation while external institutions – namely the State School Inspection and the National Institute for Certified Educational Measurements (NUCEM) – carry out external evaluations, i.e. nation-wide testing of pupils.
The current Slovakian system of teaching and learning is based on ensuring students acquire specific core knowledge and attain a certain proficiency level in applying the prescribed minimum content. This system does not incorporate formative assessment and does not provide a possibility to track long-term evolution of performance.
The general objective of this project is to improve the quality and effectiveness of the education system in Slovakia in order to enhance the country’s competitiveness, sustainable growth, and job creation.
The specific objective of this project is to support the Slovak authorities in the design and the pilot implementation of a new student assessment system in schools, using the approach of criterion-referenced testing. This will be achieved by supporting specifically the group of Slovak test developers and NUCEM staff to define and implement appropriate processes and methodologies by considering good practices of and lessons learned from other countries; specifically of Germany and Estonia.
The project will achieve its objectives by completing the following specific outputs:
- Expertise provided on the development of the theoretical frameworks for CRT.
- Expertise provided on the elaboration of tests and background questionnaires.
- Expertise and good practices provided on the implementation of a CRT assessment system in Slovakia.
- Expertise provided to accompany the implementation of the field trial and planning of scale-up.
- Expertise provided on reporting CRT results to different stakeholders.
Innove’s role in the project is to share its practical experiences on the design and implementation of the Estonian external evaluation system, the exam preparation, and development process and testing.
Project period: 2018 – 2021
Project partners are University of Stuttgart (Germany), Innove (Estonia), National Institute for Certified Educational Measurements (NUCEM in Slovakia).
The project is supported by the European Union through the Structural Reform Support Program (SRSP).