Saturday, June 10, 2023

MINERD announces changes to national tests for this 2023

He Ministry of Education from Dominican Republic (minard) announced that national test And this National Diagnostic Assessment Will present Change In its design This year, based on the Evidence-Centered Design (EDD) methodology, which aims to specify the structure of the evidence logic of the test and thereby, determine that the way evidence is collected and interpreted is in relation to these standardized measures The purpose of

The Sub-Ministry of Quality Supervision, Evaluation and Control, through its Directorate of Quality Evaluation, informed that these changes include identifying the specific competencies to be assessed in each area, then, for each competency, a topic about In general statements that show some development of said ability.

In this sense, for each assertion, the evidence supporting these assertions is identified and must be provided by the assessed person and specified in the tasks that correspond to the answers to the assessed questions. Are. Thus, by answering the tasks, according to the vice-ministry, the evaluators provide evidence that allows to confirm about the degree of development of the evaluative specific competencies.

Yamil Altagracia Valenzuela Calderón, director of quality assessment, explained that, in the case of the Spanish language, reading comprehension is assessed through the written text; communication and representation of mathematical information, problem solving, logic and reasoning in mathematics; In the social sciences, social historical models and their analysis from various perspectives, and in the natural sciences, the analysis of problems and natural phenomena and the application of scientific procedures.

Likewise, Valenzuela Calderón explained that since these assessments are pencil and paper and composed of closed questions, they have some restrictions and do not allow the evaluation of all aspects of the curriculum, for this reason, some competencies are included in the tests. is not evaluated. , It exemplifies that in Spanish the oral aspects will not be assessed, but reading comprehension through comprehension of written texts.

The head of the quality assessment directorate highlighted that another significant change is that the same exam was designed for different secondary modalities, with the syllabus being selected from what is common to all three, Hence, the students enrolled in 6th. High schools will answer a single test in 2023 in academic, vocational, technical and arts streams.

Application from 24 to 29 June in order of mathematics, social science, Spanish language and natural science, one subject per day for secondary schools and two subjects per day for adults and students with pending subjects from years before 2023 Will go ,

Valenzuela Calderón indicated that since these tests have a new design, pending students from all modalities prior to the year 2023, would take the pending tests on weekends and would have to register online within the stipulated period (by December 31). May).

Also, there are changes in the analysis method in secondary tests, so their results will not be comparable with previous years’ tests.

There are no changes to their design pending testing of the basic and secondary youth and adult subsystems and their design in the years prior to 2023. The application dates are: Saturday 24 June Maths, a holiday followed by Social Science and Sunday 25 June Spanish Language, a holiday followed by Natural Science.

Valenzuela Calderón explained that, in order to share these changes with the educational community, one-on-one workshops were held with regional and educational districts, and documents were prepared that were shared with them so that they, in turn, could educate teachers and management. Train the team of educational centers.

These materials, he said, have been published on the website of the Ministry of Education: an instruction manual for the teacher, a booklet with questions for practices, and a PowerPoint presentation with changes by area assessed. In addition, webinars were developed for both primary and secondary schools with the support of the 512 Institute of the INICIA Foundation, which is more than 20,000 visits.

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