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Macmillan Education makes child-skill assessment more comprehensive

Macmillan Education in partnership with Educational
Assessment Australia (EAA), a division of the University of New South Wales
(UNSW), Australia, announced the results of the eighth round of the
International Assessment for Indian Schools (IAIS).

The assessment which was held throughout the country
saw 54 toppers from 11 cities – Vizag, Trivandrum¸ Pune, Mumbai,
Lucknow,Kolkata, Hyderabad, Delhi, Cuttack, Bhopal and Bangalore.

There has been a very encouraging participation in
the IAIS, not only from avant-garde schools but also from schools situated in
remote locations, as stakeholders have come to realize that IAIS is a powerful
assessment tool that immensely impacts both classroom pedagogies and learning
outcomes of students.

Launched in 2004, IAIS has proved to be a handy tool
for teachers and parents to assess their child’s learning outcomes and
understand the difficulties they face in the process. IAIS is a diagnostic
assessment that tells students, parents, teachers and the school what is good
or deficient in their application of learning methods. This helps them take corrective
action and build on their strengths.

While formative and summative assessments evaluate
the knowledge of the child during and after the process of learning, IAIS is a
diagnostic assessment of basic skills, higher order thinking skills and a test
of understanding at the concept level. IAIS provides extensive independent
evaluation of students’ skills, knowledge and understanding in the core
learning areas.

IAIS is generally used to understand the strengths
and weaknesses of the student. At the same time, analytics are used to develop
remedial programs that help stakeholders overcome hurdles faced in the learning
process.

IAIS tests are developed for students of classes 3
to 12 and are set annually. Each IAIS test is designed to assess students’ academic
ability in various aspects of Computer Skills, English, Mathematics and
Science. “These skills and understandings are important indicators of success
in school and beyond”, said Dr. Sofia Kesidou, General Manager- Assessment and
Research at EAA.

Macmillan is committed to introducing research-based
innovative assessment tools to impact the education system of this country.
This year Macmillan also plans to conduct teacher-training workshops post the
assessments, in order to help teachers deal with the hurdles they face with
children as well as enhance the child’s learning outcomes.

Macmillan Education has also begun the preparatory
work for another round of the IAIS intervention for the year 2013.

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