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In cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Educational Testing Service (ETS Global), and the National Exam Agency, the Foundation is piloting TOEFL Junior in all state matura exams for students that elect to test for the B2 level of English as a second language. In an effort to bring in a global standard for English proficiency, TOEFL Junior will be used to substitute the current state exam for those high school graduates that choose to test for B2 level in English. TOEFL Junior, a brand of ETS Global, has a strong reputation, proven methodology, and is recognized in the vast majority of colleges worldwide. One of the greatest accomplishments expected through this project is that students applying for college admissions in English-speaking universities will not have to retest for TOEFL for the B2 level. Post-pilot, AADF expects to extend the TOEFL standard into all matura students, regardless of level of proficiency. It is also part of the post-pilot plan to review curricula, assess teacher proficiency, and conduct capacity building for them through the same standard.

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  • 06.06.2016

    Chairman Granoff launched the TOEFL Junior® test pilot project

    Chairman Granoff launched the TOEFL Junior® test pilot project

    On 6th of June, at 10:00 am, The Albanian American Development Foundation launched the TOEFL Junior® test pilot project in premises of K12 School Petro Nini Luarasi, in Tirana. The project is financially supported by AADF, implemented by Educational Testing Service (ETS) Global, which is the trademark of TOEFL Junior® test and Ministry of Education and Sports.

    Mr. Michael Granoff, Chairman of AADF Board, Mrs. Lindita Nikolla, Minister of Education and Sports and Mr. Karol Granoszewski, ETS Regional Director, informed the audience about the inter institutional cooperation with common goal to introduce internationally recognized standard of English language test in State Matura 2016.  The project will be piloted during 2015-2016 academic year and includes teacher testing and training pedagogical skills and language proficiency, a white paper report that will interpret testing results, curricula review components and improvement. The pilot project will test 11,000 K12 senior students out of 40,000 students, which have selected English language B2 level as their elective State Matura exam. The test is for free for students. Already 1200 teachers are pre-tested and trained with new method and entire examination process is accredited and certified by ETS Global. 120,000 students will benefit from teacher qualification and framework curricula in english. ETS Global accredits and certifies TOEFL Junior® test by ensuring implementation standards and quality assurance of the test, curricula improvement and pre-testing and teachers’ training. The financial contribution of AADF is 250,000 $ by covering the test costs for K12 students who benefit it for free. Ministry of Education and Sports is the key partner for expansion of TOEFL Junior® in K12 education system.


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