‘IAEA’s Baku conference is of crucial importance in terms of educational assessment’

Baku, September 25, AZERTAC

“IAEA’s Baku conference is of crucial importance in terms of educational assessment worldwide where educators come together to talk about experiences, share their lessons, success stories, and exchange ideas,” head of Research & International Development of Cambridge University – a leading expert in international education with a focus on English Language learning, teaching and assessment Dr Hanan Khalifa has told AZERTAC.

“I feel like Baku is my home country. This is for the second time that I am in Baku and I have seen lots of changes. Having actually the conference here I could easily say that it has been very well organized and I was very pleased with the level and depth of questions that I received,” Khalifa said.

“My speech was about using assessment as a reform initiative and there are two things that I want to make clear. There is use of assessment which sometimes can be seen as contentious issue especially if it is tied to teaching performance. And one of the things I have talked about is about the benchmarking surveys as a tool for reform,” she said.

“I think the most important gain that we get from events like this is actually about sharing experiences, understanding the context elsewhere, see where the similarities are but also be very careful about policy borrowing or cherry picking from an example of another country,” Hanan Khalifa added.

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