Romana Kanovská is a director of NUCEM since 2008, except for the period from March 2015 to March 2016, when she was appointed the State Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.
As a member of the Management Committee OCED PISA (PISA Governing Board – PGB) since 2008, she is involved in deciding about the content and cognitive frameworks of PISA testing tools, as well as the methodological tools of the final assessment of PISA tests. Romana is also engaged in the process of deciding about the so-called innovative domains of the international research of PISA, e.g. the evaluation of Creative Problem Solving, Collaborative Problem Solving, Global Competencies. These competences are closely linked to transversal skills. Such measurements have either been successfully implemented at Slovak schools, or are being prepared to be launched. She manages the research activities of NUCEM concernig evaluation of the so-called soft skills as well as transversal skills of learners.