A new model of assessment is proposed for the Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Dr. Feruza Rashidova

A new State Standard (May 08th, 2013) for learning, teaching and assessment of foreign languages in Uzbekistan requires a completely new design for the course teaching and learning materials, syllabi and curricula and a new approach is needed for teacher training programmes. Consequently, it requires a new model of assessment that will reflect the new principles and teaching philosophy upon which the State Standards are built. Timely, the new model was proposed and has been piloted in VET-Vocational Education and Training System in Uzbekistan.

Photo of CEFR and State Standard

Photo of CEFR and State Standard


The State Standard is based on the CEFR (Common European Framework of References) and it is being implemented already including developing a new standard itself and designing new course materials for the first and second year students accordingly.
The assessment piloting covered 42 educational organizations and 274 teachers who were trained as Trainers, Test Designers and Assessor (beginning stage). Piloting showed the importance of the assessment in education and it reinforced the key principle in education that teaching, learning and assessment must be aligned for the effective results and for providing better learning opportunities and favorable learning environment for our students.
The new model of assessment includes three main components – on-going assessment that focuses on basic study skills and gives students 20 points, formative assessment that is a project presentation giving 20 points and summative assessment of 60 points that is organized as a final assignment to cover all five skills. Thus, both study skills and academic skills are included into assessment. For better understanding of a reader, basic study skills include things like time and self-management, ability to work with a partner, autonomous learning, self-regulation and attitude to study (this is presented in the Uzbek curriculum as Ma’naviyat and Marifat (Behavior or the Self-discipline)). Students are also assessed on cooperation with a teacher and overall preparedness to the learning process.
Many teachers are already familiar with the current system of assessment and they assess students in five skills according to the new standard as required by the State Testing Center’s regulation.
It is worth saying that all the three components will have a detailed assessment criteria and marking schemes that will ensure the reliability of assessment and its transparence – two of the most important principles of good assessment practice.

For example, for the first component Basic study skills students will be assessed on the following: 1. Attendance – 10 points; 2. Systematic and accurate work with the work book – 6 points; 3. Ability to take clear and concise notes in the note book – 2 points; 4. The behavior and classroom participation – 2 points

The second component, a Project Presentation (P/P) consists of two written pieces of work which have to be developed by students after they have done certain reading task individually. This process will help students to concentrate more on developing receptive skills (reading) and productive skills (writing and speaking). At the same time this task will enhance their vocabulary and grammar as it is shown in diagram below:

Students will be assessed on:
1. Working with sources (Writing 1) – 5 points
2. The analysis of sources (Writing 2) – 5 points
3. Presentation (Public speech skills) – 10 points

The Final assessment intends to assess 5 skills and students will receive the remaining 60 points. The assessment will be conducted by peer colleague insuring the quality of teaching and learning.
This component will be assessed on:
1. Listening – 12 points
2. Speaking – 12 points
3. Reading – 12 points
4. Writing – 12 points
5. Grammar Writing – 12 points

The new model is expected to bring positive changes into the teaching and learning process that will include:
1. Better attendance, more efficient self-study and self-discipline.
2. Better cooperation between students and teachers.
3. Students will have an opportunity to learn note-taking skills.
4. Students and teachers will follow the requirements of the State Standard and this will ensure the benchmark level throughout the country.
5. The assessment of the skills of students will not be biased. It will be reliable and transparent.
6. The intellectual potential of teachers and students will be enhanced continuously.
7. The employability of the graduates will be increased.

Taken from ALT FL №1 2015

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