Track 11. Educational Assessment and Guidance


In any process, a thorough and well-planned assessment is a key element to ensure quality and accountability. The field of education is a highly complex system comprising many levels of action (education system, schools, classrooms, etc.) and many different actors involved. For this reason, rigorous and science-based assessment processes are crucial to provide decision-makers at all levels with valuable information to improve the quality of education. This track welcomes research on education assessment at any level (school and university): education system, educational institutions, teacher appraisal, student assessment, assessment of educational practices and educational innovations within the classroom, assessment of cognitive and non-cognitive results, etc.

On the other hand, the provision of an informed and personalised guidance to students at all stages of their life has proven to have numerous benefits in their cognitive, emotional, and vocational development. Guidance actions carried out by teachers and guidance counsellors regarding academic, vocational and personal topics highly contribute to the quality of an education system. This track welcomes research on educational guidance at any level (school and university) including topics such as vocational and professional guidance, facilitation of learning processes and difficulties, accompanying decision making processes, improving coexistence and interpersonal relationships, etc.

In previous editions we have presented the advances of the studies in Educational Assessment conducted by our research team belonging to the IUCE at the University of Salamanca, as well as those of other national teams specialised in educational assessment and guidance, such as the Universities of Cádiz, Málaga, Córdoba, Oviedo, Burgos, etcWe also look forward to the participation of international research teams who will contribute with interesting advances in educational fields as relevant as the assessment of programmes, schools and institutions, or the impact of educational actions on learning.


This track aims to present studies and to foster a discussion among the scientific community on the following topics related to the methodology and results of research in educational assessment:

  • Assessment of student cognitive results (math, science, language, etc.)
  • Assessment of student non-cognitive results (motivation, emotional and social development, etc.)
  • Asessment of the education system
  • Large-scale assessment
  • Value-added, effectiveness and quality in education
  • Teacher and school assessment
  • Assessment of educational innovations
  • Feedback and feedforward in education
  • Culturally responsive assessment

Track Scientific Committee

Adriana Gamazo (University of Salamanca, Spain) – Chair
Susana Olmos Migueláñez (University of Salamanca, Spain) – Chair
Joe O’Hara, Dublin City University, Ireland) – Chair
María José Rodríguez-Conde (University of Salamanca, Spain)
Martin Brown, Dublin City University, Ireland)
María José Vieira Aller (University of León, Spain)
Javier Vidal García (University of León, Spain)
Eva María Torrecilla Sánchez (University of Salamanca, Spain)
Fernando Martínez Abad (University of Salamanca, Spain)
Juan Pablo Hernández Ramos (University of Salamanca, Spain)
Ignacio González López (University of Córdoba, Spain)
José Carlos Sánchez-Prieto (University of Salamanca, Spain)
Luiz Lizasoain Hernández (University of País Vasco, Spain)
Maddalena Taras (University of Sunderland, United Kingdom)
Diego González Rodríguez (University of León, Spain)
Miguel Ángel Gómez Ruiz (University of Cadiz, Spain)
Cristina Frade Martínez (University of Salamanca, Spain)
Alberto Ortiz López (University of Salamanca, Spain)