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The COVID-19 pandemic provided huge challenges for organizations around the world trying to run their high stakes assessments for young people in schools and colleges. Established methods had to be modified or even abandoned completely. This IAEA event will be an opportunity to explore collectively what we have learned from that experience that might be applied to future assessments for the benefit of students.

 5th October


Welcome and introduction from the IAEA President

Chair: Anat Ben Simon   Moderator: Naveed Yousuf

Anat Ben-Simon (Ph.D) is the CEO of the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation (NITE) in Jerusalem. Prior this position Dr. Ben-Simon headed the Department of Computer-Based Testing, directed the Israeli National Assessment of Educational Progress, the development of MATAL – a computerized test battery for the diagnosis of learning disabilities, and the Hebrew Language Project (HLP), which involves the development of tools for automated essay scoring and text analysis.

Dr. Ben-Simon obtained her Ph.D. degree in Psychology specializing in Psychometrics, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has also been teaching in the Psychology Department of the Hebrew university for the past 15 years. Dr. Ben-Simon is the current president of International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA).


Excellence in Student Assessment – Making the Cut.

Professor Emerita Rukhsana W. Zuberi, Aga Khan University, Pakistan.

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Examinations during times of uncertainty

This session should allow conference participants to gain a greater understanding of how examination organisations from around the world have dealt with the pandemic and how they plan to deal with similar events in future.

The three panellists are:

  • Wayne Wesley, Registrar and CEO, Caribbean Examinations Council
  • Rufus Poliah, Chief Director, Department of Basic Education, South Africa
  • Cindy Chiu, Senior Manager for Schools Examinations and Assessment, Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority

We start with each panellist saying briefly how their organization dealt with the pandemic by making changes to normal arrangements – focusing on just one or two aspects – and how they plan to deal with similar events in future.

Once each panellist has spoken, three others will briefly contribute their experiences. They are: Clementine Tsumis-Garises, Director, Examinations Council of Namibia; David Njengere, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya National Examination Council; and Dennis Opposs. Standards Chair, Ofqual, England.

In the discussion session that follows, the three panellists will be invited to respond to comments and questions from participants.

 6th October


Educational Measurement in the 21st Century: Meet Digital-first Assessments

Alina von Davier,  Duolingo and EdAstra Tech, United States

Chair: Mary Pitoniak   Moderator: Dennis Opposs

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IAEA AGM – The Annual General Meeting is only open to IAEA members

Chair: Anat Ben Simon

 7th October


Fairness in assessment – looking forward from the pandemic

Isabel Nisbet, UK.

Chair: Anne Oberholzer   Moderator: Emmanuel Sibanda

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What can we learn from the assessment of online courses in higher education?

Balancing tensions: authenticity, integrity and scalability in online assessment in higher education.

Mathew Hillier, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

The first part of this session will focus on the tensions faced by assessors in the contemporary higher education sector.

Abstract: The higher education sector is increasingly facing demands by governments and society to produce graduates who are work ready with twenty first century skills, amidst increasing attention on assessment integrity.


Bio: Mathew specialises in Digital Assessment in Higher Education and is currently working as an e-assessment academic at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Mathew is co-chair of the international ‘Transforming Assessment’ webinar series as the e-assessment special interest group under the Australasian society for computers in learning in tertiary education.


Assessment in the world of online courses: opportunities and methods

Anat Ben-Simon, NITE, Israel

The second part of this session will focus on the assessment of online learning (courses) in higher education.

Abstract: The talk will present ideas and techniques that can be used in the assessment of learning in online courses. Some of the techniques capitalize on the advantages that the digital platform offers and others focus on the incorporation of assessment, as much as possible, into the learning process.



Closing session with video from 2022 hosts

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