UNESCO seminar will enable specialists to ensure the comparability of the regional learning outcomes of the TERCE study
From June 6 -7, 2013, a Seminar on “Open Item Correction for the Third Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study" (TERCE) will be held in Lima. The event was organised by OREALC/UNESCO Santiago, with the support of the Ministry of Education of Peru and the UNESCO Bureau in Lima.
The training will be conducted by the staff of the MIDE UC Measurement Center of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and will take place at the Hotel Sol de Oro, which is located in Miraflores, Lima.
The workshop will be attended by specialists in the areas of math, science and writing of the TERCE participating countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and the Mexican State of Nuevo León).
The TERCE is the largest educational assessment in the region and the most important, including 15 countries plus the state of Nuevo Leon (Mexico), and evaluates the school performance of students in the 3rd and 6th grade in mathematics, science (only for the 6th grade), reading and writing. It aims to assess the quality of education in the region and guide decision-making in public policy. This study is coordinated by the Latin American Laboratory for the Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE) of UNESCO.
The main purpose of the workshop is to strengthen the capacities of specialists in the areas of math, science and writing in the grading of open items, particularly in the context of TERCE. This grading is necessary to calculate the scores of students who participate in educational evaluation and to ensure a high level of comparability in the regional test results.
In this regard, Moritz Bilagher, Program Specialist of Monitoring & Evaluation in UNESCO and LLECE technical coordinator, notes that: "open items are critical to ensure assessment of skills that cannot be measured with multiple-choice items. These include the development of an argument, which is assessed through the writing test, and TERCE is among the few large studies that evaluate writing abilities. "
With this workshop, UNESCO fulfills one of its main roles in "the development of educational evaluation capacities in the region, which is a central purpose of LLECE", as emphasized by Atilio Pizarro, Head of the Planning, Management, Monitoring and Evaluation in OREALC/UNESCO Santiago. "In fact, back in their countries, these same specialists are to train other specialists who will evaluate the responses to TERCE open items."
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