The Ukrainian Center for Educational Quality Assessment (UCEQA) is a state institution that delivers external independent evaluation of students’ learning outcomes at a certain educational level, and conducts monitoring studies of the quality of education in Ukraine.More
University Entrance Exams in 2023
On January 20th, 2022, during the briefing, the general admission requirements/principles to ensure the organization and conduct of the admission campaign in 2023 was presented. Serhiy Shkarlet noted that it is a joint effort of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Education, Science and Innovation and the Ukrainian Center for Educational Quality Assessment, as well as active representatives of parent and educational communities.More
Admission Campaign 2022
Due to the large-scale armed aggression of the russian federation in Ukraine and their savage missile attacks throughout Ukraine which continuously destroy civilian infrastructure, it was impossible to conduct traditional external examinations used to ensure fair admission to higher education institutions.More
What we do
The External Evaluation
Traditional Entrance Examinations for Bachelor’s Degree Programmes / School Leaving Examinations in Ukraine
For 15 years, more than 5 million students have taken the tests conducted by Ukrainian and Regional Centers for Educational Quality Assesment. The External Independent Evaluation (EIE) has become one of the most successful reforms in the field of education in the country. The Ukrainians perceive the reform positively because every year the EIE enables almost 400,000 graduates to enter higher education institutions on the basis of fair competition. The EIE guarantees transparency of the procedures and the fairness of the results of competitive admission selection. Over the years the EIE has changed significantly, some test subjects appeared and disappeared, new models of the EIE scoring have been developed and implemented as well as the number of adaptations for students with special educational needs has been expanded. The things that have remained unchanged throughout all these years are the quality of the EIE assessment tools, the transparency of its procedures, and, therefore, it has always ensured equity in access to higher education institutions.
More than 5,000 primary school teachers, who are currently at the forefront of educational reforms in Ukraine, took part in the Teacher Certification. The external assessment of professional competences enables teachers to demonstrate pedagogical skills in mastering competency-based teaching methods and new educational technologies. Independent testing of professional knowledge and skills of teachers is carried out by the Ukrainian and Regional Centers for Educational Quality Assessment. Test items given to teachers included tasks on the theoretical knowledge of various educational fields defined by the State Standard of Primary Education, partnership pedagogy, pedagogical diagnostics, work with parents as well as planning and organization of the educational process.
In 2022, due to russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine, the National Multi-subject Test (NMT) was introduced instead of the traditional External Independent Evaluation (EIE). For the first time in the history of our country, the mass admission test was conducted online. The idea of such testing started up in April, and in June it was successfully implemented. It was not easy as dozens of the circumstances were to be taken into account in order of achieve the main goal of the testing – to ensure transparent, impartial selection of applicants for Ukrainian universities. Despite aerial alarms, Internet outages, and emergency power outages, more than 214,000 test participants could receive their results. NMT was held not only in Ukraine, but also in 53 cities of 32 countries of the world. Every country where testing was conducted made enormous efforts so that more than 23,000 people, i.e. approximately a tenth of all NMT-takers, were able to enter Ukrainian institutions of higher education.
Since 2016, more than 345,000 graduates of Bachelor’s Degree programmes have received objective scores based on the results of entrance exams for Master’s Degree programmes conducted using the External Independent Evaluation (EIE) technology. It enabled them to compete with each other for places in the chosen Master’s Degree programmes, having confidence in the transparency of the procedures, and the fairness of the results of competitive selection. In 2021,everyone who wanted to enter the master program took the Unified Entrance Exam (UEE) in a foreign language (English, German, French, or Spanish) if the chosen programme was Law or International Law.In addition to the Unified Entrance Exam in a foreign Language such applicants also took the Unified Professional Entrance Exam (UPEE) that included the Law Subject Test and General Learning Competencies Test.
Specialists of the Ukrainian Center for the Educational Quality Assessment and the International Renaissance Foundation, with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and the American Councils for International Education, prepared an analytical document-proposal on the future of educational assessments in Ukraine. It characterizes the strategy for the development of evaluation at the stages of completion of primary, basic secondary and specialized secondary education, outlines the system of national and international research on the quality of education, and also defines in general terms the model of the national electronic school (E-NUS) and professional orientation testing at the stage of completion of basic secondary education. The “Strategy for the Development of Educational Assessments in the Field of General Secondary Education in Ukraine by 2030” once it is implemented will enable the creation of a full-fledged system of educational assessments in general secondary education.
The development of different levels of the education system and the system as a whole is impossible without the participation of various stakeholders, who in turn help to collect, analyze and process reliable data on its condition and quality at specific time intervals and in dynamics. As of today, the Ukrainian Center for Educational Quality Assessment is responsible for organizing and conducting two monitoring studies: the National External Monitoring Study of the Quality of Primary Education “The State of Development of Reading and Mathematical Competencies of Primary School Graduates” (NEMSQPE) and PISA, an international study of the quality of education. Two cycles of the Monitoring Study of the Quality of Primary Education have already been completed. The obtained results of testing about 18,000 Year 4 students from all over the country and their questionnaire feedback made it possible to determine the level of development of primary school graduates’ reading and mathematical competencies. Despite all the risks and difficulties that Ukraine has been facing due to russia’s military aggression, in the fall of 2022, the Ukrainian Center, as the institution responsible for conducting PISA in Ukraine, was able to successfully collect data in educational institutions, further providing them for the international database for processing and analysis.