The Forum for World Education (FWE) and ETS (Educational Testing Service) have agreed to collaborate to bring ETS’s unique blend of expertise in assessment, research, and analysis to support education agencies around the world. Working with FWE, ETS will assist education ministries and their affiliated examination agencies in using advances in the learning sciences, technology, and educational measurement to make assessment more responsive to the needs of educators, students, parents and policymakers.
“We are excited to be working with ETS, an organization that has invented so much of what is used around the world in assessment today. In these unprecedented times, they continue to innovate toward a future of assessments that not only measure learning, but also helps to guide and directly contribute to it,” said Cheng Davis, Secretary General of FWE.
Through this collaboration, ETS and FWE will help organizations in many areas, including: moving assessments to digital delivery; establishing remote proctoring; measuring social-emotional learning; applying new and existing analysis techniques to improve the fairness and validity of tests; capitalizing on big data; helping teachers develop their formative assessment practices; and measuring learning processes and growth in student thinking.
”The pandemic has posed many challenges for education and more specifically, educational assessment, with a post-pandemic era undoubtedly bringing more,” said Kadriye Ercikan, Vice President of Research and Measurement Sciences at ETS. “However, with these challenges come opportunities for us to be able to help agencies around the world improve what they do in order to increase public trust and maximize their impact on society. We look forward to working with FWE to continue to make a positive impact on learning and teaching.”