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Editor's Note

Dear Readers,

Welcome to our Summer 2017 edition of the AEA-Europe Newsletter. In this issue, our AEA-Europe President, Dr. Thierry Rocher reviews the recent developments within the association and emphasizes the actions and the commitment of each and every one of us, which pave the way to where AEA-Europe has reached today.

We are trying to reach out, to you and together with you, to serve the association’s goals in various ways. Our readers who follow us on the AEA-Europe Facebook page will have noted two interesting videos posted lately. In the first one, Yasmine El-Masri describes how winning the Kathleen Tattersall New Assessment Researcher Award in 2014 was a boost to her career. In an interview with Roel Visseren in the second video, he explains the use of applying for the “practitioner status” within AEA-Europe.  The AEA-Europe Council members also met in Prague to discuss the organisation of the upcoming annual conference in November and to check out the facilities of the venue. Registration for the conference was open a short while ago, so please hurry and register if you want to join us in November.

Earlier this year, volunteers were invited to join the AEA-Europe Publications Committee. We are happy to inform you that Prof. Deborah Chetcuti from the University of Malta has accepted to join our team. She will contribute to enhancing the use of our social media and to connect member actions through the use of thematic special interest groups related to assessment. Technology has today walked through the classroom doors and e-assessment is continuously sweeping its way in countries across the world. In the wake of this priority, you will not be surprised to learn that e-assessment is also the subject of AEA-Europe’s new Special Interest Group which will be launched in the coming weeks under the leadership of Martyn Ware who heads Assessment Futures in Scotland.  Read on about e-assessment to find out how France has begun using interactive items to explore the strategies used by students in solving mathematic problems. If you are a researcher wishing to write about the challenges and opportunities in large-scale testing in a digital world, you are invited to contribute to the special issue of the Education Inquiry journal. Articles on assessment research are also shared in the Research Matters journal from Cambridge Assessment. Our contribution from the National Institute of Education of Armenia however reminds us that traditional formative assessment in class or at home, nevertheless, remains invaluable in thoroughly checking the learning of students. The 10th anniversary of the IERI marks yet another milestone in the advances achieved in the promotion of research into the science of large-scale assessment in education.

The world of assessment in education is moving in strides but not without its fair share of resistance to change, challenges in acceptation, complexity in the assessment framework and in the validity of what is measured. As researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and assessment developers, we all have our stories in assessment to share. Please do not hesitate to use this space to tell us what new research is being undertaken, what innovations you are piloting, what obstacles stand in your way, what tips and advice will smooth our pathway, or why not team up with another partner institution to learn from each other and share implementation costs in assessment? These are all insights based on your work that you can contribute to our next newsletter. A great thank you to all the authors, through your narratives we can spread the word about educational assessment throughout Europe and beyond. I look forward to receiving your contributions - simply drop me a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Amina Afif
AEA-Europe Newsletter Editor
Publications Committee

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