"IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL SOURCE SUPPORT DURING THE PANDEMIC"In an interview with a newspaper, Deputy Minister of National Education Mahmut Özer said that the Ministry has provided important additional sources to support students during the pandemic. "Till now, we have offered 52 thousand and 45 sample questions and problems to our students as an additional source and these are downloaded more than 42 million 223 thousand and 263 times," said Özer, "I believe that this will lead to an important progress even after the end of pandemic."
Here are the excerpts from the interview with Deputy Minister Özer;
MEASUREMENT AND ASSESSEMENT CENTERS ARE ACTIVE IN 81 CITIES OF THE COUNTRY
Since March 2020, you have been producing additional sources for students. Did the Ministry have the capacity of produce such a variety of sources?
Before the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, we established Measurement and Assessment Centers (ODM) in 81 cities of the country. Our goal is to organize professional improvement training programs regarding measurement and assessment in these centers and disseminate a common measurement and assessment culture.
ODMs coordinated by the Directorate General for Measurement, Assessment and Examination Services are designed to carry out local measurement and assessment activities as well as providing contribution to international student success researches such as PISA, TIMMS and PIRLS. These centers are being actively used during the pandemic as a part of source production for students.
"STUDENTS FOLLOW OUR PUBLICATIONS WITH INTEREST"
Previously, you were only publishing sample questions about LGS exams. Now, you are also sharing sample tests and problems about all lessons. What is the reaction of students?
Since October 2018, we have been publishing sample questions about Transition to High School (LGS) exams every month. Until now, we published 23 sample question booklets. -Sample questions are downloaded for 20 million 352 thousand and 681 times. Students are closely following our sample questions and problems.
As a part of our effort to increase the variety of sources for students, we have published sample tests for 8th grade students and six e-books. In November, we started to publish sample tests and problems for primary school students.
308 THOUSAND VIEWINGS
You have published work books in fascicules for 4th grade students and all secondary schools student in an effort to help gain experience about different types of questions and problems. How many fascicules you have published till now?
We started to produce fascicules of sample tests for 4th grade students and teachers in December 2020. We have published total of 2 thousand and 845 sample questions and problems in 32 different fascicules and these were viewed for 308 thousand and 14 times. We have published 20 thousand sample questions in 276 fascicules for secondary school students and these were viewed for 7 million 620 thousand and 903 times.
We also include skill based example tests to our selection of sources for students. We attach importance to skill based measurement and assessment. We have a separate page for skill based measurement which includes 2 thousand and 640 example questions for 5th, 6th and 7th grade students. These questions are also available in book format.
'WE WILL INCREASE OUR SUPPORT"
Can you give us brief information about knowledge comprehension tests for secondary and high school students?
We have prepared approximately 18 thousand sample questions and problems for students which they can use a source in their classes and courses. There are also 1500 sample tests about Turkish, math, science, social sciences, history of Turkish Republic and Atatürk, English, religion culture and morality for secondary school students and Turkish language and literature, math, psychics, chemistry, biology, history, geography, philosophy, logic, English and religious culture for high school students.