CBSE staff attend webinars on best practices in test development and psychometrics

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Posted on 09 Jun 2022
14:36 PM
The webinars imparted valuable expertise.

The webinars imparted valuable expertise. Source: Shutterstock

Capacity-building virtual sessions conducted by ETS
World Bank helped facilitate the collaboration between ETS and CBSE

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) attended a series of webinars conducted by ETS, the world's largest private non-profit educational research, assessment and learning organisation, on test development, assessment design and item analysis.

Doug Baldwin, senior strategic advisor, and Eugenio Gonzalez, principal research project manager of ETS's research and development division, created a set of four instructional videos for participants and led two live online Q&A sessions attended by around 90 CBSE staff and associates.

“The webinars provided a valuable opportunity to impart expertise in assessment design, development, administration, interpretation and advance educational assessment in the Indian education system,” said Kadriye Ercikan, vice-president, research and measurement sciences. “We look forward to continuing to work with CBSE and World Bank to support the growth of India's assessment system to further opportunities for all Indian learners.”


ETS develops and administers a variety of educational assessments, products and services for government agencies, academic institutions and corporations around the world. ETS products include the TOEFL iBT and TOEFL Essentials tests, GRE General and Subject Tests, and TOEIC tests, among others. Late last year, ETS also announced the formation of ETS India to expand its global footprint and better serve its stakeholders in this crucial market.

Ann Kennedy, director, client management, ETS, and Joseph Emmanuel, academic director, CBSE, opened the online sessions where the ETS research team provided in-depth responses and insights to questions submitted by the CBSE attendees around the video series.

“We appreciate ETS's time and thoroughness to deliver a series of videos and presentations that offer their decades of expertise in the test development space,” Emmanuel said. “We have gained tremendous insights by participating in this activity and hope to engage with ETS again on future endeavours.”

The World Bank played a key role in facilitating the collaboration between ETS and CBSE, which aims to improve the overall assessment ecosystem of India to ensure high-quality measures of assessment that are fair, valid and reliable.

Last updated on 09 Jun 2022
14:36 PM
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