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Assessment of critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. French experience at Depp – Thierry Rocher


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This presentation was given by Thierry Rocher at the conference “Creativity and Critical Thinking Skills in School: Moving a shared agenda forward” on 24-25 September 2019, London, UK.

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Assessment of critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. French experience at Depp – Thierry Rocher

  1. 1. Assessment of critical thinking, creativity and collaboration French experience at Depp Dr. Thierry Rocher Head Office for Student Assessment at DEPP / IEA Chair CERI conference, 24-25 September 2019, London
  2. 2. National surveys French assessment programmes CEDRE Subjects Sample-based subject- based assessment programme Grades 5 and 9 - French - Foreign languages - History & Geography - Science - Mathematics Common Base Sample-based competences assessment programme Grades 3, 6 and 9 - Common base competences, - Socio-cognitive competences, - 21st century skills (4C) Longitudinal Longitudinal surveys: school pathways and family resources Grade 6 2007, Grade 1 2011, handicapped students (2005 & 2010) Subjects and competences Policy evaluation Class size reduction policy in socio- economic disadvantaged schools, grade 1 to 3 Digital education policy evaluation PISA Programme for International Student Assessment 15 years-old Reading Literacy Mathematical Literacy Scientific Literacy PIRLS Progress in International Reading Literacy Survey Grade 4 Reading Comprehension TIMSS Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study Grades 4, 8 and 12 Mathematics & Science ICILS International Computer and Information Literacy Study Grade 8 Digital Literacy Computational thinking ICCS International Civic and Citizenship education Study Grade 8 Civic knowledge, understanding of concepts and issues related, civic attitudes and engagement Grades 1 & 2 Diagnostic Test Early and mid Grade 1 Early Grade 2 French Maths Grade 6 Diagnostic test & monitoring test Early grade 6 French Maths Grade 10 Diagnostic Early Grade 10 French Maths Army Day Illiteracy diagnostic 17-years old French girls and boys Reading International surveys Nation-wide assessments DEPP, Department of Statistics of the Min of Ed, leads many standardised assessment programmes
  3. 3. Cross-curricular Competences Including broad skills, such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, problem solving… Socle commun de connaissances, de compétences et de culture
  4. 4. Ongoing projects on “broad skills” • Axes: • Critical thinking • Collaboration • Creativity • Complex problem solving (maths and science) • Aim: to build online tests for grade 6 to grade 10 students • Collaborative work: DEPP – researchers – teachers • 2018-2019: from frameworks to first data collections • Work in progress!
  5. 5. Critical thinking • Framework (Delphi Report)
  6. 6. Critical thinking • Associated researchers: Audrey Bedel, Nicolas Gauvrit, Virginie Bagneux, Sylvain Delouvée, Katia Terriot • Data collection in 2019 (3000 students) • Issues araised: • Are we measuring • disposition or social desirability? • interpretation or reading comprehension? • inference or fluid intelligence? • Dimensionality? • Promising dimension: • Explanation: Capacité à formaliser, communiquer et justifier son propre raisonnement de manière claire
  7. 7. Example
  8. 8. The importance of critical thinking ICILS measures grade 8 students’ abilities on a computer and information literacy scale ICILS 2013 revealed that only 2 % of students use their critical thinking whilst searching for information online SAVE THE DATE: 5th November 2019, ICILS 2018 release
  9. 9. Creativity & Collaboration • Creativity meets collaboration: • Creative Task in individual or collaborative contexts • Non creative task in collaboration • Associated researchers: Todd Lubart, Jean-Marie Burkhardt, Françoise Détienne, Michael Baker, Séverine Maggio, Cyrille Feybesse • See Todd Lubart’s presentation
  10. 10. Math complex problem solving • Math interactive items • Process data analysis Procedural approach, failure Structural approach, failure Structural approach, success Procedural approach, success
  11. 11. FLIP+ e-assessment community • Goals • Sharing innovative experiences • Sharing IT developments • Sharing contents: towards an item library • Association is open to any non-profit institution in the field of assessment • To know more and join the association, visit:
  12. 12. FLIP+ projects examples (Qti compatible) Computational thinkingMind map Collaborative pad
  13. 13. Merci