Council of Rectors creates commission to define changes to the PSU

The body unanimously approved the setting up of a commission of experts and the Ministry of Education offered its technical participation


One of its first tasks will be to define the short, medium and long-term schedule to define improvements to the test, based on what is indicated by the Pearson report and the reports generated within the Cruch


From this commission will arise the improvement proposals to the PSU 2013-2014

The Council of Rectors (Cruch) unanimously decided to form a commission of experts who will be in charge of proposing changes to the University Selection Test and its associated processes, taking into account the recommendations delivered at the beginning of the year by the Pearson Report. 

The decision was made after knowing the three reports that in the last session were commissioned to the technical bodies associated with the issue: the Technical Advisory Committee, Demre and Pearson's technical counterpart, a team headed by María Elena González. Among them, there is a commonality of the possibility of promptly implementing some changes and evaluating the technical feasibility of those that are more complex. 

“We know that this is an important issue for students, their families and the institutions associated with the Admission System. Hence the urgency and relevance of forming this group of experts that will evaluate the changes to be implemented and their deadlines ”, said the Vice President of the Council of Rectors, Juan Manuel Zolezzi, adding that the Council of Rectors is aware of the impact that the PSU It has in the students, so the changes will be made gradually and will be informed in a timely manner. 

Faced with the Council's proposal, the Ministry of Education offered its participation in the expert instance, which has as one of its missions to define what changes are possible to implement for the 2013-2014 process. 



Conclusions of the technical reports

Regarding the reports, the first of them was prepared by the PSU's Technical Advisory Committee (CTA), headed by academics David Bravo and Jorge Manzi. This report lists the main comments and findings of the evaluation, considering both the positive and critical assessments made there, recommending to Cruch the creation of a political-technical body to evaluate the implementation of the changes.

The second report was in charge of the director of Demre, Eduardo Rodríguez. The report of this body indicated that there are changes that could be implemented, if a decision is made within the Council of Rectors, between 2014 and 2016. 

Among the most relevant changes to be evaluated, he pointed out the redesign of the piloting process, an increase in the number of anchoring questions in the pretest, conducting studies to evaluate the feasibility of three tests in Science and evaluating the feasibility of implementing Pearson's recommendation regarding students from Technical Professional establishments. 

Finally, María Elena González, who led the team that was Pearson's technical counterpart, pointed out in her presentation the importance of separating the recommendations into three categories: the technical aspects that were objected to, the suggestions for improvement and the recommendations that involve aspects of politics, which involve greater complexity.