Xin Tao Wins Linn Memorial Lecture Award

April 17, 2018

On behalf of the Robert L. Linn Memorial Award committee, CRESST is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2018 Robert L. Linn Memorial Lecture Award. Professor Xin Tao of Beijing Normal University has been chosen as the 2018 recipient for his scholarly contributions, his policy advisory work, his service to the profession, and his intellectual and organizational leadership of the practice of modern educational assessment. Apart from his technical contributions, Dr. Xin has been deeply committed to and involved in translating research into high-level policies and large-scale projects that have systematized modern educational assessment and evaluation practices in China.

The Robert L. Linn Memorial Lecture Award recognizes mid-career scholars who have made important and integrative contributions to the field of educational measurement. Each year, the recipient of this award is recognized during the AERA and NCME annual meetings and delivers a lecture to faculty, students, and invited policy and practice leaders at convenings held alternately at the University of Colorado Boulder and at UCLA. This year, the convening will be held at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center as an event at CRESSTCON’18 (Oct. 1-2, 2018). The lecture will be at 2:45pm on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd and is free to the public.

This award was established to honor and extend the legacy of Robert L. Linn. In addition to his deep and extensive contributions to testing and assessment, Bob Linn was also a long-time CRESST Co-Director. The award was established by Ms. Joyce Linn.


Presentation Abstract

Assessing the Quality of Basic Education in China:
the Present and the Future


Xin Tao

Collaborative Innovation Center of Assessment toward Basic Education Quality, Beijing Normal University

Beijing, China

Since the reform and opening up, China’s basic education cause has made great progress, and its development has changed from focusing on scale to focusing on quality. Based on this background, China’s assessment system of basic education quality is gradually established and becomes an important part of China’s education supervision and evaluation system.

The National Assessment Center for Basic Education Quality of Ministry of Education has been established at the national level to be responsible for the nationwide assessment of education quality. Over the past decade, China’s education quality monitoring has achieved a breakthrough from zero to one, from preliminary to systematic: (1) developing assessment standards in six dimensions, including Chinese, mathematics, science, etc., and developed multiform and standardized test tools based on advanced assessment technologies such as voice recognition technology; (2) exploring scientific assessment data collection procedures and methods to ensure the standardization of test and validity of data; (3) establishing the assessment data collection system of national basic education quality, the tracking investigation system for a hundred counties and a thousand schools, the data collection system for PISA in China and the real-time data collection system for teaching process, in order to realize the continuous, dynamic, and special monitoring of education quality and make international comparison; and (4) taking advantage of cloud technology and big data technology to establish a comprehensive large-scale data management platform. China has released its first national obligation education quality assessment report to the public after three-year assessment in six dimensions, drawing wide attention from policymakers and the public.

The application of results is the key task of the future work of basic education quality assessment in China. Efforts should be made from the following aspects: (1) improving the related systems, which includes report release and accountability system based on assessment results; (2) cooperating with multiple departments to make decisions based on assessment results and optimize education policies; and (3) strengthening the use of education assessment results at the regional level.