Happy New Year!

Dear friends!   From the bottoms of our hearts, we, READ Program team, would like to wish you merry upcoming holidays! We very much hope that the coming year will bring us many reasons and opportunities for face-to-face meetings and productive work. Because of this cooperation with you, our long-term partners, we look confidently into…

”Formative assessment for teaching and learning” by Bill Boyle and Marie Charles is published in Russian

Europe and Central Asia Comparative Education Society and Russian Center for Formative Assessment are happy to announce the publishing of the book “Formative assessment for teaching and learning” in Russian. The authors of the book are Professor Bill Boyle and Dr. Marie Charles. Professor Bill Boyle was Professor of Education, the Chair of Educational Assessment…

New Study on Shifting Teachers’ Practice in Early Mathematics Classrooms in Ghana

RTI International published a new research “Shifting teachers’ practice in early mathematics classrooms in Ghana: a case study”. Teachers need high-quality teaching and learning materials for instruction in classrooms, including core materials like teacher guides and textbooks, and supplemental materials like decodable readers. However, in early grade mathematics, it often left up to the teacher…

READ projects are accepted by UN ECOSOC as examples of good practices in global efforts to achieve SDGs

Two READ projects – International Research of Students Achievements and School Educational Quality Assessment Project – were accepted and published by UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs as “SDG Good Practices, Success Stories and Lessons Learned in the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda”. In the five years since the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable…

UNESCO Forum on transformative education for sustainable development, global citizenship, health and well-being will took place on November 30 – December 1st 2021

5th UNESCO Forum on transformative education for sustainable development, global citizenship, health and well-being will take place on November 30 – December 1st 2021. UNESCO and APCEIU will bring together experts in education for sustainable development, global citizenship education and education for health and well-being to discuss good practices, progress, monitoring and mainstreaming transformative education…

UIS Education Data Release

UNESCO Institute of Statistic released new data for Sustainable Development Goals. In the current release, the UIS provides data for 44 SDG indicators, including the new global indicator 4.7.1 Mainstreaming global citizenship education and education for sustainable development and thematic indicator 4.1.0 Proportion of children/young people prepared for the future. The UIS piloted approaches to…

READ projects to be featured in 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR)

Two READ projects (International Research of Student Achievements and cross-country localization of the SAM monitoring) were submitted for inclusion into 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR). The Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) is a United Nations publication aimed to strengthen the science-policy interface at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development. Drafted by an…

Educational community keeps working beyond the READ Program

One of the main objectives of the READ Program is to develop regional and transnational cooperation and partnerships between specialists and experts in the field of education assessment. READ has fostered such partnerships through joint projects, training, educational events, and grant programs. Countless joint discussions and exchanges of views organized within the Program lead to…

Strategic Debate and webinar series on privatization organized by UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning

In 2021 UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning will hold a series of webinars dedicated to the recent challenges that education systems all over the world faced in the 2020 due to pandemic. The first webinar “Teachers on the frontline: lessons from COVID-19” was held on February 16th. Since the world remains to wrestle with…

International research of students’ achievements (IRSA): methodology, tools, results

Overview and methodology Since 2016, the Center for International Cooperation in Education Development (CICED) has been implementing the research project called International Research of Students’ Achievements (IRSA Project). The core objective of the project was defined as “to conduct cross-country research aimed at determining factors related to educational achievements in math among primary school students”.…

“Implementation of SAM methodology at secondary school physics course” webinar outcomes

An online workshop named “Implementation of Students’ Achievement Monitoring (SAM) methodology at secondary school physics course” was held on December 17, 2020. In course of the seminar, representatives of Moscow City University (MCU) shared their vision of further development of the SAM model in general and particularly its application to assess competence of pupils in…

Implementation of SAM methodology at secondary school physics course

An online workshop named “Implementation of Students’ Achievement Monitoring (SAM) methodology at secondary school physics course” will be held on December 17, 2020 at 11:00 Moscow time. The training moderator is Vladimir Lvovskiy, Cand. Sc. Psychology, Head of the Laboratory for Education Activity Content Designing at Moscow City University. You can get to know about…

EAOKO Conference 2020: How to effectively assess the quality of distance education?

The 9th Annual international conference of the Eurasian Association for Educational Assessment (EAOKO) was held on November 13-14, 2020. Supported by the READ program, the event went online for the first time due to the pandemic. Despite that more than 250 participants from 11 countries and 32 Russia regions took part at the conference, including…

EAOKO 9th Annual Conference

Eurasian Association for Educational Assessment (EAOKO) invites to join its 9th Annual Conference. The Conference has been arranged in collaboration with HSE Institute of Education with the support from the READ program. It will take place on November 13-14, 2020 as a series of online plenums, round table discussions and webinars, featuring representatives of leading…

International webinar on preparation to PISA and PIRLS was held for Uzbekistan

On August 24-25, 2020, the State Inspectorate for Supervision of Quality in Education of Uzbekistan in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and the Institute for Education Development Strategy of the Russian Academy of Education, organized a webinar named “Participation in international research as a motivating factor for human capital development.” Uzbekistan is joining the pool…

CICED issued its latest newsletter

Center for International Cooperation in Education Development (CICED) has recently issued its newsletter that overviews important events concerning education around the world for its subscribers. The new issue includes information on the new UN training programs, international organizations reports on global education issues and CICED’s own news. The newsletter (in Russian) is available here.

IRSA project participants will present its concept and outcomes at CIES-2020

IRSA project participants will present its concept and outcomes at CIES-2020

As a part of the poster session at CIES-2020 Annual Conference CICED representatives and researchers from participating countries will present concept, implementation process and mid-term results of the International Research of Students’ Achievements (IRSA). IRSA is focused on education quality improvement through regular thorough monitoring of student’s achievements in mathematics and determining their relationship with…

CICED experts will participate at CIES-2020 conference

The annual conference of Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) will be held on 22-26 of March 2020 in Miami. The theme for the CIES-2020 is  what environmental changes and their political, economic and social consequences entail for education.  During the roundtable discussion, organized by CICED, experts from Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan will deliver…

“Measuring math self-concept among middle schoolers: questionnaire development and validation”: CICED expert’s article at PME&Yandex conference proceedings

At the end of December 2019 conference papers of “Technology and psychology for Mathematics Education” conference were published. The event was organized jointly by International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (IGPME) and Yandex. The head of CICED Center for Evaluation and Research in Education Natalya Lebedeva took part at this event with an…

Discussion of the prospects of using SAM tool for development of classroom assessment was held at EAOKO conference

On November 15, the Center for International Cooperation on Education Development (CICED), as part of the EAOKO conference in Minsk, organized a session devoted to discussing prospects of using SAM (Students ’Achievement Monitoring) for development of classroom assessment. The first speaker was Peter Nezhnov, the head of the SAM test development team, who presented its…

Test items development training was held as part of the EAOKO conference

On November 14 and 15, as part of the EAOKO conference, the Open Institute “Developing Education”, with the support of Center for International Cooperation in Education Development (CICED), held a workshop for teachers devoted to the development of test items according to SAM (Students ’Achievement Monitoring) methodology. In the opening part of the educational module,…

IRSA study workgroup meeting

On November 13, 2019, a meeting of the International Research of Students Achievements (IRSA) cross-country study working group was held at the VIII annual international conference in frames of the EAOKO (Eurasian Association for Educational Assessment) at the scientific and methodological institution “National Institute of Education” of the Ministry of Education of Belarus. During the…

VIII annual international EAOKO conference was held is Minsk

The VIII annual international conference of the Eurasian Association for Educational Assessment (EAOKO) was held on November 14-15 in Minsk. Each year a conference topic concerning education assessment is selected according to its significance for partner countries. So, in 2018, the focus was on national exams. In 2019, the topic of the conference was school,…

Harry Patrinos speech on achievements and future of READ program

Harry Patrinos’ speech, World Bank Global Education Practice Manager for Europe and Central Asia, concluded the program of READ conference. It was devoted to sharing a vision of the contribution of READ (Russia Education Aid for Development) program to improving education in the world and trends affecting its future. According to him, the READ program…

World Bank representatives speak on READ program importance for education development

On November 6, at READ conference, World Bank representatives made presentations on how Russia Education Aid for Development (READ) program affects the development of education in the world and announced what World Bank plans to undertake in the future to improve it. Introductory remarks were made by Andrei Bokarev, Director of the Department of international…

READ partner countries representatives report on cooperation with the READ program

Center for International Cooperation on Education Development (CICED) held a session in frames of READ conference, at which representatives of Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan shared experience and results achieved by their countries in the course of cooperation with READ (Russia Education Aid for Development) program. Participants of the discussion noted that developing countries are…

Reforming examinations: READ partner countries share experience

Representatives from Russia, Armenia, Tajikistan, and Ethiopia shared their experience in reforming examinations at READ conference. The session was opened by Viktor Bolotov, academic director of the Center for Psychometrics and Measurements in Education, HSE Institute of Education, with a presentation on the development and implementation of the Unified State Exam (USE) in Russian Federation.…

“Public examinations examined” book presented at READ conference

On November 5, Vincent Greaney, a member of the READ Program Expert Council, presented the book “Public examinations examined”, which was published under the sponsorship of the World Bank. The content of the book is a summary of 20 years of author’s experience at improving and reforming of countries’ examination systems in Eastern Europe, Asia,…

“Best Classroom Assessment Practices-2019” contest awardees shared experience at READ conference

On November 5, winners of the international competition “Practices of Classroom Assessment-2019” organized with the support of the Center for International Cooperation in Education Development (CICED) shared experience at the READ conference. Tatyana Konovalenko from Samara region presented the technology of working with research projects of students containing embedded elements of classroom assessment. Tatyana Borisenko…

Bill Boyle: transforming education through formative teaching, learning and assessment

One of the objectives of the READ Program has always been to search for and disseminate the world’s best educational practices and research. The READ-2019 conference provided an opportunity to meet one of the world’s leading experts in the field of formative assessment and training – Professor Bill Boyle. From 1989 to 2014, he was…

Use of results of monitoring for improvement of education quality: case of Students’ Achievement Monitoring

Center for International Cooperation in Education Development (CICED) presented a series of reports on the use of monitoring research materials for the development of education in the framework of READ Program conference held in Moscow. Petr Nezhnov, head of the SAM (Test ’Achievement Monitoring) development team, presented the history, purpose, features and development prospects of this…

READ Conference: MA and PhD programs developed with the support of the Program

The X international conference of READ Program, which was held on November 5-6 in Moscow, opened with reports by Elena Kardanova and Elena Lenskaya on the development and prospects of MA and PhD programs created and implemented with the support of READ. During the presentation, E. Kardanova, head of the program for psychometric research and…

READ program plays crucial role in global effort to eliminate learning poverty

November 6-7 2019 a conference convened on the tenth anniversary of the READ (Russian Education Aid for Development) Program was held in Moscow. Experts from around the world convened to reflect on global progress and to reemphasize the continuing need for improved learning assessment systems to effectively combat Learning Poverty. “The world is facing an increasingly…

How to use standardized assessment results to improve learning in Mongolia? Key takeaways from the Guatemala workshop on student learning assessment

Kenglin Lai Assessment of student learning is essential to improving learning outcomes. While implementing assessments and getting results are the necessary first steps on the journey to improvement, turning those results into real actionable steps is what will actually impact children and their learning. On behalf of the World Bank’s Mongolia education team, on July…

Study tour to OECD and UNESCO IIEP in frames of READ program

October 2-4 2019 experts of the Center for International Cooperation in Education Development (CICED) took part in a study tour: “Learning assessments: How to use data for policy making purposes?” that was organized in frames of READ program and with support from READ Trust Fund and READ RAS. The event was held at the headquarters of OECD (Organization for…

READ 2 Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS) Program Update

The READ 2 RAS Program continues to expand the support of Russia’s capacity and expertise. Since its launch, the program has supported the introduction of a Doctoral Degree Program in Educational Measurement and Evaluation, a Master of Arts Degree Program in Education Quality, training programs in education quality, and a Small Grants Program. Over the…

Yerevan State University of Languages and Social Sciences selected 11 students for the newly developed Master’s program

There program has two streams – Educational Measurement and Testing and Education Research. On September 9, 2019 the first students began classes. Six of the 11 enrolled graduate students are acting school principals. The full-time program accommodates the working school principals by offering late afternoon classes, allowing the entire cohort to go through the program…