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Call for papers related to large-scale testing in a digital world

In June 2016, Umeå University of Northen Sweden organized a conference on the theme “Future tests and test environments” in Umeå, Sweden. The aim was to bring researchers, practitioners and policy makers together and learn from each other’s experiences. This was a response to the ongoing discussion on how to digitalize large-scale tests in many countries. Although it is well-known that technology opens up many new possibilities, there are still challenges and potential consequences to be addressed. This conference was an excellent space to exchange growing knowledge and practices in the field which would facilitate making such transitions without facing unexpected consequences. The conference was very successful and resulted in new knowledge, new research and new collaborations.

Moving forward, the ambition is now to continue sharing knowledge. One first initiative invites researchers with an interest in new test formats or test settings to publish their work in a special issue of the Education Inquiry journal.

A call for contributions, open to all, is now out. The theme of the special issue is "Large-scale testing in a digital world: challenges and opportunities”. More information about the call and how to submit your article can be found at: or by contacting Christina Wikström at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..