CUET-UG is ‘lot of learning’ for NTA, says new ETS chief | India News

NEW DELHI: Stating that there can be some bumps on the road while delivering a new, large-scale, multi-faceted assessment like the CUET-UG for the first time, especially at a time in which the world and India are transitioning after the pandemic, Amit Sevak, the new CEO and president of Educational Testing Service, says the debut edition is “a lot of learning” for the National Testing Agency.
The chief of ETS, which administers international tests like TOEFL, TOEIC and GRE, among others in more than 180 countries, says putting together a massive, multi-location assessment test like the CUET-UG “is quite a feat in itself”.
“The first thing I want to acknowledge is that this (CUET-UG) was done at a time in which the world and India were transitioning after the pandemic. It’s noteworthy to recognise the incredible effort to put an exam, especially in a country like India, with its scale and the requirements for quality, validity, integrity in the test. I just want to commend them for having gotten it off the ground. When you’re doing a new, large scale, multi-faceted assessment for the first time, there can be some bumps on the road. But there is a lot of learning (in it). I think there was a lot of good intent, good planning that made it happen,” Sevak told TOI.
On the EdTech boom in India, Sevak feels that while many positives are coming out of application of technology in terms of scale, connectivity and personalisation, the sector has been over-hyped a lot in the last five to six years. He feels, right now the EdTech community’s focus is on the commercial side instead of the learning side and the fundamental challenge is that “it has not yet fully embraced how to responsibly and effectively use assessments and other data gathering to actually help people learn”.
ETS also develops and administers various standardised tests primarily in the US for K-12 and higher education for entry to US tertiary (undergraduate) and quaternary education (graduate) institutions. It annually administers 20 million exams globally. Sevak said there is going to be growing demand for assessments not just in India, but in Asia, Middle East, Europe and even in the US.

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