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Adec floats 100 days mission to enhance students’ performance
By a Staff Reporter June 12, 2017
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ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) announced the launch of its 100 days mission, which focuses on improving student performance and results in international assessments. Accordingly activities related to the mission have been designed based on research and development analysis for previous PISA and TIMSS results.

In efforts to improve the performance of students in the next cycle of international assessments, Adec organised an International Assessment Campaign for more than 500 educators from across public and private schools in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Current preparations set by Adec to implement best practices in PISA and TIMSS and the important role played by schools, school results and the effect of examinations on assessments were amongst the topics discussed during the meeting.

Dr Ali Al Nuaimi, Adec’s Director General, stressed on the importance of international assessments and their pivotal role in providing additional information on performance indicators that help measure student progress and achievements in education in Abu Dhabi schools. “Adec is certain that schools are aware of the importance of participating in international assessments in order to raise the quality of education and student results in comparison with international results. It is also important for schools to familiarise themselves with the level of progression in education and learning in order to reach best practices in light of policies and systems in the education sector.

“Adec in partnership with schools, has taken great strides in achieving the Abu Dhabi Plan to stand out as one of the best educational systems in the world. As part of the Emirates economic vision to witness growth, development and prosperity, we need to raise a promising and educated generation of youth, who can contribute and compete on a national and global level,” said Dr Al Nuaimi.

Engineer Hamad Al Dhaheri, Private Schools and Quality Assurance (PSQA) sectors Executive Director, stressed on the fact that examinations are an important tool for studying international educational assessments and standards, which allows educators and decision makers to gather holistic data, information and international assessment comparisons regarding student experiences and concepts in Mathematics and Science, while encouraging students to become familiar with best educational practices around the world, thereby raising educational standards across schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Our students are more than capable to compete in international assessments on a global level.”

Adec’s PSQA Executive Director explained: “Adec is focusing on enhancing effective teaching and learning methods, while ensuring continuous development in curriculum standards in line with individual capabilities and professional development of coordinators and teachers.” He further added:  “The education council is continuously introducing a varied range of learning resources in order to instil a lifelong culture of learning, while encouraging parental participation in strategy related matters and voicing their opinion regarding best technology and communication methods that can help elevate student enthusiasm.”

School leaders, cluster managers, and assessment master trainers, who were amongst the participants invited to attend Adec’s International Assessment Campaign, were given details on activities related to the 100 days mission, some of which includes organising training workshops for assessment master trainers from both public and private schools; this will be held from June to September. Additionally, best practices in public and private schools will be selected to share their experiences with other schools.

Additionally, Adec will be organising the PISA open day from October to January 2018, where schools are expected to align best international assessment practices and design their own activities as per the Irtiqa’a Inspection programme that requires quality education and overall school improvement.

In efforts to familiarise students with PISA, schools will take part in the PISA student competition, where they will gain a deeper understanding on the PISA international assessments framework through answering release items related to international assessments, thereby giving them more confidence to compete amongst each other and globally as per the OECD.

The “Question a Day” project which was launched in March and runs till March 2018, includes analysing each individual students level, thereby setting learning standards and activities according to the TIMSS international framework. Grade 6 students who have already started the pilot project, have been presented with one question a day for five days for some schools as a pilot study in this phase. The full scale implementation will start next academic year with grades 4th and 8th in Mathematics and Science.

In efforts to provide further instruction, short videos will be available on the Adec portal starting July 2017, where students and teachers will be offered learning resources on international assessments in an interactive and engaging manner.

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