Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the Educational Testing and Assessment Research Center (ETARC)!

ETARC was founded in September 2006 by Faculty of Education, University of Macau. Its main mission is to conduct measurement and evaluation studies in Macau, the Greater Bay Area, China, and internationally. Since its founding, ETARC has been responsible for the Macau’s participation in PISA (2006, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018, 2022, 2025), TIMSS (2023), and PIRLS (2026), formed the Joint Research Center for Monitoring of Basic Education Quality with Beijing Normal University, and been a founding member of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Alliance for Educational Quality Monitoring and Evaluation.

Through measurement and evaluation studies, ETARC has been collecting high-quality large-scale data on student learning outcomes, teaching and learning processes and environments, and educational systems to inform decisions of school leaders, local educational authorities, and governments for educational reforms and improvements. ETARC has also been playing an important role in cultivating measurement and evaluation talents for Macau, the Greater Bay Area and Greater China by mentoring graduate students and supporting secondary analysis of large-scale data sets.

I invite you to explore resources at ETARC and get engaged in various ongoing and future projects!

Xiufeng LIU
Chair Professor
Director of ETARC