The Center’s Research Studies Unit is currently holding a three-day workshop on assessment systems in Southeast Asia that will run until July 19, 2012. The heads of educational examinations and assessment departments of the Ministries of Education of SEAMEO member countries are participating in the workshop.

This research project under the SEAMEO INNOTECH Regional Education Program is expected to help enhance the assessment systems of SEAMEO member countries through exchange of good practices and learning from the challenges experienced across the region. It was pointed out at the start of the workshop that improved assessment systems could lead to improved teaching and learning. As a start to achieving this goal, the representatives from each member country presented their papers during the first day of the workshop. The second day is allotted to an expert seminar about frameworks for assessment of learning and methodological innovations in large-scale evaluations. Sharing their expertise are Dr. Richard Gonzales, president and CEO of the Development Strategists International Consulting; Dr. Maria Andrea Santiago, Professor from De La Salle University; and Ms. Kathryn M. Tan of Center for Educational Measurement. Two workshop sessions that will focus on common success factors in learner assessment, and challenges and new possibilities for learner assessment will be held on the last day of the program, to be facilitated by SEAMEO INNOTECH Research Specialists Dr. Ethel Valenzuela and Dr. Sylvette Gunigundo.

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