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  • Validity in language assessments under scrutiny

    Posted on May 25, 2018

    The South African Rasch PLC (Professional Learning Community) members met on the Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Department at University of Pretoria’s Groenkloof Campus to further their understanding of measurement and assessment in education early in May 2018.

  • CEA participates in the School Monitoring Survey (SMS)

    Posted on March 22, 2018

    Dr Surette Van Staden, Acting Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Assessment (CEA) conducted a two-day fieldwork training on the 7th and 8th March 2013 at the CEA. The training was intended to prepare the fieldworkers for a quantitative data collection in 3 provinces, Western Cape, Free...

  • CEA staff member attends meeting in Hamburg

    Posted on March 22, 2018

    Ms Karen Roux, Project Co-ordinator of the Centre for Evaluation and Assessment (CEA) attend the 9th National Research Coordinator (NRC) meeting of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2016 held at the Steigenberger Hotel in Hamburg, Germany from 12 to 13 February 2018.

  • Staff members at Rasch conference in Perth

    Posted on February 21, 2018

    Mr Mishack Tshele (Data Manager of the Centre for Evaluation and Assessment) and Ms Celeste Combrick (Science, Mathematics and Technology Education) attended the 7th International Conference on Probabilistic Models for Measurement Developments with Rasch Models held at the University of Western...

  • Dr Surette van Staden appointed as Acting Director of CEA

    Posted on February 17, 2018

    Dr Surette van Staden was appointed as Acting Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Assessment. She is a senior lecturer in the Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education.

  • 8 out of 10 learners still cannot read at appropriate level

    Posted on December 05, 2017

    The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2016 report paints a disturbing picture of primary school reading literacy in South Africa, with no significant progress nationally since the last report in 2011.

  • CEA to form International collaboration with the Federal University of Juiz de Fora

    Posted on November 08, 2017

    The Centre for Evaluation and Assessment (CEA) hosted an international visitor from Brazil in September 2017. Prof. Fernando Tavares who coordinates a research group at the Center for Public Policies and Education Evaluation (CAEd) at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF) visited the CEA...

  • Researchers from the CEA participates in transformation and decolonization debates

    Posted on November 08, 2017

    “Education in an era of decolonization and transformation” was the theme of the SAERA 2017 conference held at the Sun Boardwalk Hotel in Port Elizabeth from 23 – 26 October 2017. Transformation is at the forefront of many discussions in education. As indigenous knowledge systems...

  • Psychometric theory promoted at Groenkloof Campus

    Posted on November 08, 2017

    Can information be trusted? How can we as social scientists build a case for our hypotheses using Rasch models and methodological norms? These questions were posed at the most recent Rasch PLC meeting held in August 2017 at the Research Commons on the University of Pretoria’s Groenkloof...

  • CEA prepares for release of South African Reading Literacy Achievement results

    Posted on November 08, 2017

    In preparation for the media release of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 2016 results, the Centre for Evaluation and Assessment (CEA) in the Faculty of Education at the University of Pretoria hosted the final National Steering Committee meeting for the year at the Ivory Manor...

  • Acting Director from CEA at PAPU 2017 congress

    Posted on November 08, 2017

    The Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA), in collaboration with various African psychology societies and universities, under the auspices of the Pan-African Psychology Union (PAPU) organised the first-ever continental psychology congress. The theme of the congress was Psychology for...

  • Acting Director awarded to attend conference in Australia

    Posted on August 23, 2017

    Ms Celeste Combrinck, the Acting Director at the Centre for Evaluation and Assessment (CEA) at the Faculty of Education, received an award, offered by the Graduate School of Education (GSE) at the University of Western Australia to attend the Seventh International Conference on Probabilistic...

  • International Performance Indicators in Primary Schools in the Western Cape

    Posted on August 23, 2017

    The Centre for Evaluation and Assessment (CEA) at the University of Pretoria in collaboration with the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University in England, hosted a series of feedback meetings and workshops for the International Performance Indicators in Primary Schools...

  • Exploring Complexity in Defining Higher-Order Reading Comprehension in prePIRLS 2011

    Posted on August 23, 2017

    The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Charles University and the Czech School Inspectorate hosted its biennial 7th IEA International Research Conference (IRC-2017) on 28–30 June 2017 at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. The goals of...

  • The 8th National Research Coordinator (NRC) Meeting in Latvia

    Posted on August 23, 2017

    The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2016 country representatives reviewed exhibits and draft international reports at the 8th National Research Coordinators Meeting in Riga, Latvia, from 18 to 23 June 2017.

  • Collaboration between 21 universities culminates in publication of book

    Posted on March 08, 2017

    Collaboration between 21 education researchers from South African, Mozambican and Dutch universities has culminated in the published book entitled Monitoring the Quality of Education in Schools.

  • Prof. Howie gives Keynote Address at the 42nd International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA) Conference

    Posted on October 31, 2016

    On Monday 22 August 2016, Prof. Sarah Howie gave the opening keynote address entitled “Assessment for political accountability or towards educational quality” to an audience of several hundred delegates at the 42nd International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA) Conference...

  • CEA Researcher Presents at the 22nd Annual South African Psychology Congress (PsySSA)

    Posted on October 31, 2016

    Ms Celeste Combrinck, Project Coordinator/Researcher at the Centre for Evaluation and Assessment (CEA), presented at the 22nd Annual South African Psychology Congress (PsySSA) held at Emperors’ Palace, Johannesburg on the 20 th to 23 rd of September 2016.

  • The Use of Rasch Competency Bands for Reporting on Criterion-referenced Feedback and Curriculum-Standards Attainment

    Posted on October 31, 2016

    Ms Celeste Combrinck, of the Centre for Evaluation and Assessment (CEA), attended the 42nd International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA) Conference in Cape Town in August 2016.

  • CEA Post-graduate Students Present at the Faculty of Education’s 2016 Research Indaba

    Posted on October 31, 2016

    “Doing research in education that makes a difference” was the theme for this year’s Faculty of Education’s Research Indaba held at the University of Pretoria’s Groenkloof campus in October this year.

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