As­so­ci­a­tion for Ed­u­ca­tional As­sess­ment in Africa (AEAA)An­nual Con­fer­ence 2016

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THE Zimbabwe School Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil (ZIMSEC) is the proud host of the 34th As­so­ci­a­tion for Ed­u­ca­tional As­sess­ment in Africa (AEAA) An­nual con­fer­ence 2016 which is un­der­way in Vic­to­ria Falls. Af­ter suc­cess­fully host­ing the South­ern Africa As­so­ci­a­tion for Ed­u­ca­tion As­sess­ment (SAAEA) an­nual con­fer­ence in 2015, we are ex­cited to have hosted the whole of Africa in the re­sort town from Mon­day to to­day.

The AEAA is a non-profit mak­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion es­tab­lished to pro­mote co-op­er­a­tion among ex­am­in­ing and as­sess­ment boards and or­gan­i­sa­tions in Africa. The AEAA was es­tab­lished fol­low­ing the in­cor­po­ra­tion of other African states into what was known as the sub-re­gional Con­fer­ence for Heads of In­sti­tu­tions re­spon­si­ble for Ed­u­ca­tional As­sess­ment in Eastern and South­ern Africa (AEBESA) whose found­ing mem­bers were Kenya, Uganda, Tan­za­nia, Botswana, Le­sotho and Malawi. This change from AEBESA to AEAA took place in Arusha, Tan­za­nia in the year 1992.

The pri­mary ob­jec­tive of this event was to ad­dress and ex­plore the strate­gic ar­eas and knowl­edge for im­prov­ing qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion. It is ded­i­cated to­wards to pro­vide a fo­rum for dis­cussing ideas and is­sues in as­sess­ment ed­u­ca­tion. Ed­u­ca­tors, ad­min­is­tra­tors, re­searchers, and stu­dents share their ex­pe­ri­ences, ex­per­tise, and in­no­va­tions re­gard­ing teach­ing and learn­ing about prac­tices for qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

To get a clearer pic­ture of why the con­fer­ences are so vi­tal, we may need to elab­o­rate on the terms. Ac­cord­ing to some schol­ars “As­sess­ment is es­sen­tial not only to guide the de­vel­op­ment of in­di­vid­ual stu­dents but also to mon­i­tor and con­tin­u­ously im­prove the qual­ity of pro­grams, in­form prospec­tive stu­dents and their par­ents, and pro­vide ev­i­dence of ac­count­abil­ity to those who pay our way.”

That is to say, “Ed­u­ca­tional as­sess­ment seeks to de­ter­mine how well stu­dents are learn­ing and is an in­te­gral part of the quest for im­proved ed­u­ca­tion. It pro­vides feed­back to stu­dents, ed­u­ca­tors, par­ents, pol­icy makers, and the pub­lic about the ef­fec­tive­ness of ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices.” In or­der for the as­sess­ment to be rel­e­vant and ef­fi­cient it is nec­es­sary there­fore for re­search and con­cepts to be dis­cussed to help ed­u­ca­tional sys­tems achieve best prac­tice.

Strate­gies to im­prove the as­sess­ment of stu­dents are all birthed out of re­search and con­tin­u­ous de­vel­op­ment of the ed­u­ca­tional sys­tems to pro­vided full and ad­e­quate ed­u­ca­tion and con­se­quently as­sess­ment for all.

The AEAA is a sym­po­sium where re­searchers, ed­u­ca­tors, as­ses­sors and ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­ity ser­vice providers come to­gether and present pa­pers on the theme and sub-themes of that par­tic­u­lar con­fer­ence. This year the con­fer­ence is run­ning un­der the theme:

Pro­mot­ing Holis­tic De­vel­op­ment through In­no­va­tive Ed­u­ca­tional As­sess­ment Ini­tia­tives. Sub-themes are SBA and Learner Em­pow­er­ment. 1 Lan­guage As­sess­ment for Holis­tic De­vel­op­ment.

2 Pro­mot­ing Learn­ing through As­sess­ment/As­sess­ment Learn­ing 3 As­sess­ment of Soft Skills.

As­sess­ment Stan­dards for Holis­tic De­vel­op­ment.

4 Equal­is­ing Op­por­tu­ni­ties through As­sess­ment.

5 The Util­ity As­sess­ment.

6 Sus­tain­able In­tegrity Sys­tems for High Stakes Ex­am­i­na­tions. of ICT

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