In September 2010, the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia decided to use computer adaptive testing (CAT) as a delivery mode for the re-introduced external school graduation exams and to conduct the first administration in May 2011. Implementation and development of the project was delegated to the National Assessment and Examinations Centre. International experts were hired to advice and train the NAEC team. Initially a nationwide test run of the system in 2011 was planned, without any consequences for individual students or schools and a full implementation in 2012. However, a fully operational system in 2011 was ultimately decided upon so that all grade 12 students would take computer-adaptive final exams in eight subjects in May. The Educational Scientific Infrastructure Development Agency’s (ESIDA) infrastructure, which was created for connecting testing centers with servers on which the CAT application would run, was used. Servers were located on ESIDA premises. ESIDA merged in 2011 with the MoES’s Statistics Information Department to become the Educational Management and Information System (EMIS). In 2012, MoES purchased 11,000 new computers that were placed in 1,500 schools along with new routers. This was still insufficient for securing the uniformity of platforms for CAT delivery in the testing centers. Hence, EMIS-managed, local IT school support staff inspected testing rooms and the available computers, ultimately making the decision to use them as testing stations. One month prior to the first administration in 2011, 10,000 students from 700 schools took part in a large-scale test run of the system. In 2011, 47,000 students registered, and in 2012, 45,000 registered for CAT.
After three rounds of computer-adaptive graduation exams, stakeholders in Georgia and international experts observing the process agree that the instrument was successfully delivered, and that it is an efficient, fair, and objective form of student assessment.
More than 45 thousand students take part in the school-leaving exams annually.
NAEC gives all interested students the opportunity to try out preliminary CAT exams online, free of charge to enable better preparation.