Three leading software manufacturers have launched plans to transform global education with a new multi-sector research project aimed at improving assessment. Cisco, Intel and Microsoft will examine assessment methodologies and technologies, effective learning environments, and replicable ICT-enabled teaching in the hope of creating new versions of the international benchmarks: PISA and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Anoop Gupta, Corporate Vice President, Technology Policy and Strategy for Microsoft, said, 'Reforming assessment is essential to enabling any systemic change in education. And change on a global scale is required to equip students of today with the skills they need to succeed in the workforce of tomorrow.' The research study, first unveiled at the recent Learning and Technology World Forum, has been backed by the International Association of the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) and the OECD.
A spokesperson for Microsoft explained: “The primary focus of this project is the large international assessments, such as PISA and TIMSS, which impact schools in all OECD and other countries.