Under the supervision of Assistant Secretary of Quality and Effectiveness, the Assessment and Research Specialist provides technical assistance to teachers and assessment specialists in the State Departments of Education regarding policy and procedures for administration of state, national, and regional assessments systems.
This position also promotes different forms of assessment such as EGLA, PILNA and Assessment for Learning. It also analyzes and reports on test results by state and nation; it coordinates the implementation of National Minimum Competency Tests. It conducts research to evaluate the effectiveness of various aspects of the national education system.
The NMCT is a Standards-Based Assessment Tool, which measure students understanding or mastery of the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn as they progress through their education. They are measured against the standards and benchmarks whereas the traditional assessment is measuring the students against the other students.