NTA will provide assessments to improve teaching and learning, expand opportunities for individual learners and inform education policy and assessment. As a non profit, government of India organization, NTA will continually seek to improve its assessment capabilities — and to advance the field of educational measurement — through research in a number of areas.
NTA will focus its research agenda around some of the most significant, education challenges facing society today, such as the need to increase sustainable access to a diverse and high-quality teaching pool, to raise literacy levels, and to increase the quality of admissions to higher education.
NTA’s other research interests will include:
1. Addressing inclusion
NTA will conduct research with the aim of ensuring that tests are fair and valid for individuals with disabilities.
2. Innovating next generation assessments
NTA will develop technology to improve the scoring of today’s assessments and prepare for the next generation of assessments.
3. Innovation in Assessments
Through its long-term Assessment of and for Learning research initiative, NTA will improve approaches to K–12 accountability in assessment.
4. Global trends in language Assessment
NTA will conduct research into the foundations of language learning and assessment worldwide.
5. Large-Scale Assessments for influencing policy
NTA will try to understand how data from large-scale international comparative surveys can be used to meet policy needs around the world.
6. Research on policy
NTA will also conduct research and evaluations on public policy-related issues in education.
7. Using Psychometrics in high stakes tests
This line of research at NTA will promote new and improved psychometric and statistical methods and capabilities through innovation and development of foundational knowledge.
8. Harnessing Teaching Quality
NTA will work to develop and improve measurements of teachers’ knowledge and effectiveness, as well as to understand how teachers can develop effective practices and apply them in the classroom. Looping assessments as a wash back effect to improve learning outcomes in the classroom will be the focused objective.
9. Skills for the global economy
NTA will focus on identifying and assessing the skills needed for today's workforce to support employers as they recruit the qualified workers they need to compete in the global economy.