Macmillan Education announces the eagerly awaited results for IAIS

News - February 2013

Macmillan Education in partnership with Educational Assessment Australia (EAA), a division of the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, announced the results of the eighth round of the International Assessment for Indian Schools (IAIS).

The assessment which was held throughout the country saw 54 toppers from 11 cities – Vizag, Trivandrum¸ Pune, Mumbai, Lucknow, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Delhi, Cuttack, Bhopal and Bangalore.

There has been a very encouraging participation in the IAIS, not only from avant-garde schools but also from schools situated in remote locations, as stakeholders have come to realize that IAIS is a powerful assessment tool that immensely impacts both classroom pedagogies and learning outcomes of students.

Launched in 2004, IAIS has proved to be a handy tool for teachers and parents to assess their child’s learning outcomes and understand the difficulties they face in the process. IAIS is a diagnostic assessment that tells students, parents, teachers and the school what is good or deficient in their application of learning methods. This helps them take corrective action and build on their strengths.

While formative and summative assessments evaluate the knowledge of the child during and after the process of learning, IAIS is a diagnostic assessment of basic skills, higher order thinking skills and a test of understanding at the concept level. IAIS provides extensive independent evaluation of students’ skills, knowledge and understanding in the core learning areas.

IAIS is generally used to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the student. At the same time, analytics are used to develop remedial programs that help stakeholders overcome hurdles faced in the learning process.

IAIS tests are developed for students of classes 3 to 12 and are set annually. Each IAIS test is designed to assess students’ academic ability in various aspects of Computer Skills, English, Mathematics and Science. “These skills and understandings are important indicators of success in school and beyond”, said Dr. Sofia Kesidou, General Manager- Assessment and Research at EAA.

Macmillan is committed to introducing research-based innovative assessment tools to impact the education system of this country. This year Macmillan also plans to conduct teacher-training workshops post the assessments, in order to help teachers deal with the hurdles they face with children as well as enhance the child’s learning outcomes.

Macmillan Education has also begun the preparatory work for another round of the IAIS intervention for the year 2013.

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