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…

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…

GAML 6 meeting was held August 27-28 in Erevan

CICED representatives have participated at Sixth Meeting of the Global Alliance to Monitor Learning (GAML) that was held in Erevan, Armenia. The event’s agenda included such issues as review of the “Education 2030” program implementation progress; assessment and making recommendations on criteria to develop learning targets; exchange on challenges in reporting and validating learning assessment…

Nepal organized capacity-building workshops for education experts and teachers

During July 22-27, 2019, three capacity-building workshops were conducted for 60 education experts and teachers on developing and incorporating higher-ability questions for the subjects of Science, Math, and English into the Secondary Education Examination (SEE). These workshops were organized as follow-up to a 5-day training in 2018 in order to reiterate the presentation of higher-ability…

CICED presented the Russian education quality assessment tools and the READ program at the International Symposium in Bulgaria

10-14 June 2019 an International Symposium “30 Years since the Fall of the Berlin Wall” organized by Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (BCES) in the frame of “Glocal education in practical terms: teaching, research and citizenship” international meeting took place at Pomorie, Bulgaria. It was also part of XVII BCES Conference 2019. The symposium has become…

UNESCO Forum for Education for Sustainable Development to be held in July 2019 in Vietnam

The topic of UNESCO Forum on Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Education will be ‘Learning and Teaching for Peaceful and Sustainable Societies: From early childhood to primary and secondary education’. The UNESCO Forum will focus on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED), two key programs to reach Target 4.7…

SDG 4 Data Book: GLOBAL EDUCATION INDICATORS 2019

This publication presents global monitoring indicators used by countries and the international development community to monitor progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) on education. The indicators were offered by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), based on the latest data available. The indicators presented in this publication are based on UIS data for…

Cambodia developed 18 classroom assessment guidebooks for lower-secondary school teachers for the six priority subjects

Cambodia developed 18 classroom assessment guidebooks for lower-secondary school teachers for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels for the six priority subjects, namely Khmer, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and History. The guidebooks help teachers conduct classroom assessments in accordance with the NLSA and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), in which Cambodia is due to…

Trends Shaping Education 2019

We present the latest edition of “Trends Shaping Education 2019” study carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OCED) Have you ever wondered if education plays an important role in preparing our civilization for an artificial intelligence age? Or whether climate change can impact on our schools, families and society? “Trends Shaping…

PISA for development – a milestone on the road to better learning outcomes

For many countries, the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has become a crucial instrument to measure proficiency of pupils at the end of lower secondary education. Formerly, however, only few lower-income countries have participated in this exercise. That means there’s a huge lack of international benchmark for how well students are performing at what is,…

International cooperation in the field of education quality assessment

From March 18 to March 22,  a study visit to Moscow, supported by the World Bank, enabled delegations from  Armenia, India, Mongolia, Nepal, Tajikistan and Vietnam (consisting of these countries’ representatives from their Ministries of Education, Universities and National Assessment Centres) to get acquainted with Russian universities’ experience  in  the development of  graduate level programs…

READ 2 Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS) Program Update

The READ 2 RAS Program continues supporting Russia in building the capacity of its experts and researchers in measuring and improving the quality of education. 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…

How countries use their international large-scale assessment results

International Perspectives by Marguerite Clarke – How countries use their international large-scale assessment results: The example of Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) Large-scale assessments of educational achievement are key to understanding the overall performance of an education system and the factors driving this performance. International large-scale assessments have the added benefit of…

Classroom Assessment: Taking the First Steps Towards Improved Teaching and Learning in Tajikistan

Like many countries, Tajikistan has embarked on ambitious education sector reforms to provide opportunities for younger generations to succeed and to ensure the social, economic, and political development of the country. As part of these reforms, Tajikistan is transitioning to competency-based 2 education, introducing changes to the design and implementation of the school curriculum and…

Expert interview with Marguerite Clarke, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank

Expert interview withMarguerite Clarke, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank Interviewers: Kumar Vivek, Pradyumna Bhattacharjee Q. Several schools of thought exist around the purposes of assessments (let’s call them “assessment principles”). How real, and how stark, in your opinion, are the differences between these philosophies? A. I don’t think it is stark or divisive, but there…

Opportunities for continuing education under the READ Program

In the framework of the XVI International Scientific and Practical Conference “Tendencies of Education Development”, held from 14 to 16 February 2019 at the Moscow School for Social and Economic Sciences, CICED highlighted the opportunities for improving the qualifications of teachers and researchers in the field of education quality assessment, developed under the Russia Education…

A lesson with built-in diagnostics – a new technique with adaptive classroom assessment of the quality of education

In the framework of the XVI International Scientific and Practical Conference “Tendencies of Education Development”, held from 14 to 16 February 2019 at the Moscow School for Social and Economic Sciences, CICED highlighted the opportunities for improving the qualifications of teachers and researchers in the field of education quality assessment, developed under the Russia Education…

Development of the Student Achievement Monitoring SAM

In the framework of the XVI International Scientific and Practical Conference “Tendencies of Education Development”, held from 14 to 16 February 2019 at the Moscow School for Social and Economic Sciences, CICED highlighted the opportunities for improving the qualifications of teachers and researchers in the field of education quality assessment, developed under the Russia Education…

Vietnam: project activities and upcoming achievements

“Promoting Capacity for Fair, Aligned, and Effective Assessment” Focal Areas • Enhancing stakeholder capacity to use assessment data to improve teaching and learning • High-stakes examination program reform • Training and professional development of teachers in classroom assessment practices October – December 2018 Achievements • Developed an overall work plan of the review of Senior…

Tajikistan: project activities and upcoming achievements

 “Strengthening the Classroom Assessment System” Focal Area • Enhancing classroom assessment practices nationwide October – December 2018 Achievements • Trained 50 pilot teachers for the teacher training program using the Classroom Assessment package, which included training modules for in-service teacher training and a teachers’ guide • Collected and analyzed baseline student learning assessment data •…

Why PISA for Development is so important

Bring to your attention on Marguerite Clarke’s article “Why PISA for Development is so important”/ The auther explores the impact of PISA-D in light of the release of the PISA-D results of the seven countries that participated in the initial pilot. As you may recall, during the years 2013 and 2014, the READ 1 Trust Fund…

Nepal: project activities and upcoming achievements

“Strengthening Assessment and Examination Systems in Nepal’s School Sector” Focal Areas • Enhancing stakeholder capacity to use assessment data to improve teaching and learning • High-stakes examination program reform October – December 2018 Achievements • Prepared a detailed timeline for the Secondary Education Examination (SEE) standardization process • Prepared item writing manuals for Grade 10…

Mongolia: project activities and upcoming achievements

“Support to Early Grade Reading and Mathematics Assessments” Focal Areas • Enhancing stakeholder capacity to use assessment data to improve teaching and learning • Training and professional development of teachers in use of classroom assessment practices October – December 2018 Achievements • Rolled out teacher training in use of classroom assessment practices around acquisition of…

Kyrgyz Republic: project activities and upcoming achievements

“Strengthening Student Assessment for Improved Learning” Focal Areas • Enhancing stakeholder capacity to use assessment data to improve teaching and learning • High-stakes examination program reform • Training and professional development of teachers in use of classroom assessment practices October – December 2018 Achievements • Trained four Kyrgyz psychometricians at Cito on the technical aspects…

India: project activities and upcoming achievements

“Improving Assessment Systems in India and South Asia” Focal Areas • Enhancing stakeholder capacity to use assessment data to improve teaching and learning • Setting up regional network for sharing of good practices and resources on assessment October – December 2018 Achievements • Completed background questionnaire analysis of mathematics of round 1 of the Grade…

Cambodia: project activities and upcoming achievements

“Strengthening National Capacity and Feedback Mechanisms for Assessments” Focal Areas • Dissemination and feedback mechanisms for National Assessment results • Enhanced capacity to use National Assessment data with other stakeholders October – December 2018 Achievements • Finalized national assessment report for teachers that highlighted levels of student achievement, errors they made on each item, and…

Armenia: project activities and upcoming achievements

“Strengthening Educational Assessment Capacity to Support Better Learning Outcomes” Focal Areas • Enhancing stakeholder capacity to use assessment data to improve teaching and learning • High-stakes examination reform • Training and professional development of teachers in use of classroom assessment practices October – December 2018 Achievements • Introduced a new undergraduate course on Formative/Classroom Assessment…