National Assessment of Basic Competencies (National ABC)
This Hungarian project aims to measure the levels of literacy development in primary and secondary school students all over the country.
Improving the quality of teaching
Government and policy makers, Teachers and Educational specialists
- to help teachers familiarize themselves with the tools and methodology of competency-based assessment
- to provide schools with data and tools that enable them to analyse their own performance objectively
- to help schools create and improve the assessment and evaluation of their practices
The National Assessment of Basic Competencies is a Hungarian project, which aims to measure the levels of numeracy and literacy development in primary and secondary school students all over the country. It was launched in 2001 and since then, it has been organized by the Ministry of Human Capacities on a yearly basis. All schools in Hungary participate in the assessment every year.
The precise aim of the assessment is to detect the ability of students to use their skills and knowledge in everyday life. Hence, the tests do not focus on curricular content and requirements, but are developed to assess how well students can activate and apply what they have learnt to solve problems relating to real life situations. They usually include narrative, expository and informational type texts in continuous and non-continuous formats, which are formulated in sixty items and two 45-minute blocks.
Educational experts, test developers, statisticians, school leaders, teachers and administrative staff are all involved in the implementation of the project, either by developing and correcting the tests and analysing the results or by supporting its administration. Since it is a national, governmental project, reports on its outcomes and effects are carried out on a yearly level and are published on the website of the responsible Ministry.
The funding for this project is provided by the Hungarian Government and is part of the national budget designated for education.
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