International Conference on Education & Training Evaluation: Improving Learning Outcomes and Supporting Economic Growth
Education evaluations and assessments provide objective information on the performance of the education system and provide feedback for improvement. Education quality, rather than school attainment, predicts individual earnings and economic growth. With most countries around the world having achieved impressive gains in schooling, education evaluations and assessments allow education systems to understand the quality of the education they offer and its role in promoting economic well-being.
The ETEC conference will offer a platform for researchers and practitioners to explore some of the contemporary issues surrounding education evaluations and share their experiences in addressing them. During the conference, international and national experts will present on current processes and findings across the education system and look at opportunities for improvements in evaluation practices.
Through dedicated sessions, the conference will cover all levels of the education system. The conference will also explore how assessment data can be used for research and reporting to inform policy-making. Throughout, the conference will highlight ETEC’s continued commitment to improving education quality and reaffirm its commitment to the success of each student.
Join the event to learn more about the critical role of education evaluations, discover innovative best practices, and hear from national and international experts in the field.
Session theme descriptions :
1- Implementing Quality School Evaluations and Inspections
School evaluations and inspections are two essential components of quality assurance strategies for school systems. They play an important role in monitoring and improving the quality of education on offer.
Through this session, international and national experts will present recent evidence and share their considerable experience on different approaches to school evaluations. Speakers will examine governance considerations in implementing quality evaluations, emphasize the need for a guiding vision and national strategy, and explain some of the different procedures used to assess education quality.
2- Assessing and Accrediting TVET Programmes
As national budgets deal with competing political priorities – including increasing unemployment and the need to maintain a capable workforce–the quality of VET programmes has become increasingly relevant. While assessments and accreditations of VET programmes are less widespread than in higher or general education, they provide quality assurance policies that focus changes within VET systems on outputs and provide accountability in the system.
Through this session, international and national experts will analyze different national approaches to accreditation and assessment, and will discuss some innovative ways in which digital technologies can help in this effort.
3- Assessment of Learning Outcomes in Higher Education
Higher education has become a critical contributor to economic growth as it provides the human capital development and innovation needed to sustain a skilled workforce. Quality assurance systems have evolved to reflect this increased importance of higher education on national agendas. These quality assurance systems ensure that the minimum standards are met to improve the quality of higher education outcomes over time.
Through this session, international and national experts will provide an overview of current and innovative approaches to assessing learning outcomes in higher education at both national and international levels. They will explore country-specific assessment systems, focus on the differentiation of the private sector, and highlight an innovative effort to make learning outcomes comparable across systems.
4- Assessment Data for Research and Reporting
As the collection of data on school systems continues to increase, educators and decision-makers have access to greater resources to improve teaching and learning. Among other uses, data on school systems can help identify individual student needs, modify curriculum and instruction, coach and supervise teachers and school personnel, and communicate information on quality with parents and the larger public.
Through this session, representatives of international organizations and national experts will explore the various ways in which assessment data have been used to improve the outcomes of school systems.
Wednesday - Thursday
October 14-15, 2020
13:00 - 20:00 Riyadh Time
10:00 - 17:00 GMT