Visit from Trinidad and Tobago

Peter Smith who works for the Ministry of Education in Trinidad and Tobago, and who is the contact person for our project here, has arrived safely at Cito. He will be here for a one-week training on Item Response Theory and other methodological issues related to the development of a student monitoring system and the development of questionnaires relating to essay writing. Specific attention will be paid to pairwise comparison methods as well.

The visit

Peter Smith’s visit followed a successful project that was carried out in 2014 and 2015 on seamless education in Trinidad & Tobago. In that project, Cito provided consultancy services to the Ministry of Education on examination, testing and assessment procedures, with special attention given to formative testing. The shift from assessing to assisting was an important issue here. After the project, Cito remained in touch with the local staff, to help and support with the developments that were started during the project.

At Cito Peter Smith will be trained by Bas Hemker (Senior Research Scientist, and project leader of the original Trinidad & Tobago project) and his colleagues at Cito’s Research and Knowledge Centre.

Fortunately, on the Sunday prior to the training week there was also time to show Peter around Arnhem. The tour ended with a homely dinner with the Hemker family: Snert (pea soup; a traditional Dutch winter dish).