St Maarten now has its own Test Screeners for Advanced Secondary Professional &Technical Education

Seven local participants completed a 5 day training of Cito International and can now call themselves "Certified Screeners of SBO Tests".

Cito is a renowned institute for test construction in The Netherlands. They produce the final exams of the Dutch secondary schools, which on the island are being used at the PSVE, HAVO and VWO schools. They have already trained 8 local persons to become trainers of fellow teachers in producing high quality tests at the secondary school level.

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The screeners training that was completed on Friday, February the 17th was geared towards monitoring the quality of tests produced for programs of Advanced Secondary Professional and Technical Education (SBO). By law, 50% plus 1 of all the tests that are made by teachers within this type of tertiary professional training must be screened and approved by an external institute. Before 10/10/10 this task was executed by ETE, the Exambureau of the Netherlands Antilles, often assisted by Cito. From now on, however, the tests can be screened locally by the Division of Exams, of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, which will make use of the skills and expertise of the newly certified screeners.

The training trajectory has been made possible through Dutch Development Funds for Education and Youth.