Prof. Emeritus Somwang Phithiyanuwat, the chairman of the National Institute of Education Testing Standard's (NIETS) executive board, recently reported that NIETS will set up a committee to monitor the problems with the printing system for the PAT2 exam on scientific skills which had errors in the exam code. He also asked the relevant people to research the best practices for making the exams and to propose these as the replacement procedure for creating NIETS exams in the future. In addition, since a request had been made to show the O-Net exam and its key, it is expected that this will be done in the academic year of 2014 at the earliest or 2015 at the latest.
In terms of a proposal to make the O-Net exam difficult at the intermediate level, NIETS plans to reform its evaluation at all levels by emphasizing learners' standards, especially through examinations that will evaluate students' understanding of content and how they analyze and criticize what they have learned. NIETS then asked the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) to reform the evaluation system of Grade 3 students for the academic year 2012. This assessment will be used with other grades in 2014. The focus will be on examinationss that emphasize students' standards according to the recent curriculum instead of the curriculum content itself.
Source: Khom Chad Luek 1 April 2013 (Afternoon Issue)