Conference Season: IAEA South Africa 

In August a large team of Cito experts will visit the 42nd Conference of the International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA) in Cape Town, South Africa. Cito is one of the founding members of this Association and holds a chair on the Board.

IAEA in South Africa

The main theme of the Conference is Assessing the achievement of curriculum standards: an ongoing dialogue.

This Global Conference will take place in Africa this year, so Cito has made 2016 the year in which our assessment experts will learn more about this large continent and its ambitions in educational measurement.

Some topics that were already addressed at the Zimbabwe conference will appear again in Cape Town, such as higher order thinking skills in examinations and transferring paper-based assessments into computer-based assessments.

Again Cito experts will cooperate in presenting topics together with experts from partner organizations, in this case from Switzerland (Institut für Bildungs Evaluation) and from Kazakhstan (Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools).

Best practices and results of research related to monitoring tests, selection tests and psychometric innovations will be shared with the audience, coming from all over the world.

Life after the conferences?

When Cito experts come back from the Cape Town Conference, the first schools in the Netherlands will have already returned from their summer break and started a new year of education, training and testing. When it comes to good and fair testing, these schools have developed a long-term relationship with Cito.

We support them with a variety of test products, like for example student monitoring systems for primary and for secondary education, qualifying exams, tests for listening skills, adaptive computer-based testing and tests for children with special needs. Cito’s international consultants hope that experts working for education and assessment worldwide will find their way to Cito as well as Dutch schools have.

After visiting these two conferences on the African continent, we will keep you up to date in a blog about Cito life after the conference season.

Nico Dieteren, senior international consultant Cito