Assessment plays a hugely important role in the learning process of millions of people every year. It is therefore critical that it is valid, reliable and utterly trustworthy. Cambridge Assessment works closely with agencies, governments and ministries to try to ensure that all assessment systems around the world meet those criteria.
Just two examples of our consultancy services are set out below, but if you would like further information on Cambridge Assessment’s consultancy capability please contact us with an outline of your specific area of interest.
- The Ministry of Education in Colombia has partnered with Cambridge ESOL to include internationally-recognised English language assessment as part of the state school-leaving exams. From October 2007 school pupils in Colombia will need to demonstrate their English language skills by passing a University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (English for Speakers of Other Languages) exam as part of the Prueba de Estado school-leaving certificate. The new international standard of testing comes as part of the bid by Colombia’s Ministerio de Educación Nacional to equip the population with English skills for work and higher study. All the exams are linked to the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
- CIE is a world leader in international education - and committed to sharing its knowledge worldwide. For nearly 150 years CIE has worked in partnership with Ministries of Education, qualifications authorities, and with examination and assessment boards around the world. In some countries like Singapore Cambridge examinations are the state qualification for students in secondary school. There tens of thousands of students take O levels through CIE, developed in partnership with the Singapore government. CIE continues to be involved in many other local capability building projects around the world. These include item writer training in Malaysia, examinations administration training in Mauritius, quality assurance procedures in Hong Kong, and developing on-line teacher support for UNICEF in the Maldives.