The Pacific region’s first micro-qualification course in the development of assessment instruments was delivered by the Pacific Community’s Educational Quality and Assessment Programme (EQAP) last month.
The certified training, conducted over five weeks and inclusive of face-to-face sessions on three consecutive Saturdays, sets the pathway for the region’s educators who want to be qualified developers of examinations and internal assessments.
Of the 70-plus people who responded to the local call for expressions of interest in the micro-qualification, 59 applicants were accepted into the training. They included university lecturers and tutors, Ministry of Education staff, retired teachers, school leaders and practising teachers.
EQAP Team Leader (Curriculum and Assessment) Mere Vadei says developing assessment instruments requires a specialised skill set; something that is often not adequately addressed in teacher training programmes.