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AEA-Europe Council

 The AEA-Europe Council consists of seven people: the President, Vice President, Executive Secretary, Treasurer (The Officers) and three other members (Non-Officers). Council members are elected by the members of the Association and appointed at the annual General Assembly. The AEA-Europe Council members terms of office can be found here.

Under the revised constitution, the Vice President will serve for two years and then become President for the following two years.

The Council as of September 2017 is as follows:

Thierry Rocher works as Head of the Office for Student Assessment of the DEPP (Assessment, Forecasting and Performance Directorate of the French Ministry of Education) in France. Thierry has an initial background in mathematics (trained at the school of the National Institute of Statistics), a Master’s Degree in Statistics and a PhD in Psychology-Psychometrics. As a specialist in educational measurement, Thierry has set up, organized and lead various assessment projects and worked for several years as an expert or representative in international assessments (eg. member of the PISA Technical Advisory Group, member of the IEA Standing Committee). Thierry has actively contributed to develop many national assessment programmes through which he gained an extensive view of the stakes related to assessment. Thierry also actively contributes to strengthen the assessment culture among actors, policy-makers and researchers in education.
Jannette Elwood is Professor of Education in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast and Academic Director at Queen’s of the ESRC Northern Ireland North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership in Social Sciences.

Her main research interests are in the social constructions and consequences of tests, examinations and assessment practices.  She is particularly interested in socio-cultural approaches to understanding the impact of assessment on students’ lives; gender and its interaction with assessment techniques and practices and theoretical and methodological issues in educational assessment research and practice.

She is a founding member of the Association for Educational Assessment-Europe (previous roles include: Vice-Present (2004-6), Executive Council Member (2001-2006) and Chair of the Conference Organising Committee (2011) hosted at Queen’s University Belfast).  Current roles with AEA-Europe are: Vive-President (President-elect) (2016-2018) to be President (2018-2020).   Between 2009 and 2016 she was an elected Trustee of the AQA Awarding Organisation and Chair of AQA’s Research Committee.  She is an executive editor of the journal Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice (published by Taylor and Francis) and recently an invited member of the International Evaluation Committee for UTDEVAL Review of Educational Research, Norwegian Research Council, Norway.

Cor Sluijter is director of the department of psychometrics and research of Cito. He has 30 years of experience in developing paper and computer based tests, as well as other assessment instruments for both the private and public sector in the Netherlands. Cor supervised the transition of Cito’s Student Monitoring System for primary education from paper based to computer based. He was also responsible for the development of compulsory computerized (adaptive) entrance tests for the Teacher Colleges for Primary Education in the Netherlands, and for the introduction of computerized exams for Dutch and arithmetic in Middle Vocational Education.

Cor is a former Chair and vice-Chair of the European division of the Association of Test Publishers (ATP) and also served from 2008-2014 as Chair of the Dutch Exams Association (NVE). He has several additional functions; amongst others, he is a member of the Advisory Board on Competencies in Financial Services and the Board of Experts of Excenter, and of the Association for Examining Bodies in Middle Vocational Education in the Netherlands. He is also co-editor of the Journal of Applied Testing Technology of ATP. Since 2014 Cor is a Fellow of the Association for Educational Assessment Europe. He holds a PhD in Social and Behavioural Sciences from the University of Amsterdam. His thesis was on the development of a test battery for streaming in the second part of Higher General Education and Pre University Education. Cor holds a master’s degree (cum laude) in Psychology and majored in research methodology.

Alex Scharaschkin is the Director of AQA’s Centre for Education Research and Practice (CERP).  He is responsible for setting and delivering AQA’s research strategy, and oversees a research centre of around 60 staff.

He has previously been a Director at the UK National Audit Office, leading teams delivering evidence-based reports for Parliament on the cost-effectiveness of government programmes in health and social care, and examining the use and regulation of market mechanisms in public services.  He earlier headed the NAO’s methodology and statistics team, and has published research on the nature of assessment of government performance.  He has also worked at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and at the Associated Examining Board, where he specialised in applying quantitative methods to the examination of issues in standard setting and maintenance, and the design and awarding of national curriculum tests.

His research interests include the philosophy of measurement in education and the social sciences, the nature of validity arguments, and the application of quantitative and interdisciplinary approaches in assessment.

Gill Stewart is SQA’s Director of Qualifications and Assessment.  She is responsible for all of SQA’s qualifications, their assessments and standards.  This includes general school qualifications and vocational qualifications. She oversees a team of about 300 people.

She has twenty five years’ experience of developing and implementing qualifications and assessment across the school, college and employer sectors, within Scotland and other countries.  Her career started in the vocational world and she then moved into working with school qualifications as well.   She has an excellent track record of leading successful, large scale reforms in education and training, seeing these through implementation.  This has included the development of the development of Scottish school based qualifications, as part of Curriculum for Excellence and other vocational reform developments.  She has a good knowledge of Scottish, UK and other qualification and assessment systems.

Rolf V. Olsen is professor at and co-director of Centre for Educational Measurement (CEMO) at the University of Oslo (UiO). This is a very international research environment and Olsen’s main scientific task over the next years is to build up a portfolio of research activities relating to the national assessments and exams. He also publishes secondary analyses of data from international large-scale assessments. Olsen is also involved with teaching about assessment in the teaching education and school leadership programs at UiO, and he is engaged with professional development activities for test developers in Norway.

Previous to his current position Olsen was for many years the head of another unit at UiO, Unit for Quantitative Analysis in Education (EKVA). This unit is responsible for the national project management of most international large-scale studies in Norway. Of the many activities and duties in this position it can be mentioned that he had a major involvement in the national PISA team for more than 15 years. He also was the external quality insurer of all national assessments for many years. In addition Olsen is a member of several boards, committees and reference groups, among them he is a member of the Committee for Educational Sciences at the Swedish Research Council.

Iasonas Lamprianou works at the Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cyprus, at the rank of Assistant Professor (Quantitative Methods). Iasonas has many years of working experience with examination data and has worked for various Testing Agencies and Examination Boards in Europe. Iasonas has a special interest in educational measurement and he is currently researching the social and political dimensions of high stakes examinations. Among other things, Iasonas has an on-going interest in the investigation of rater effects in empirical settings, and particularly in the context of high stakes examinations.

Council Organisation Chart

Council Organisation Chart

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Council Meetings

Council meetings are held quarterly and agenda from previous meetings can be found here.