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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

International Perspectives by Marguerite Clarke

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 Monitoring Goal 4 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) focuses on ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. It is a critical goal for World Bank client countries, many of which still struggle with ensuring that children stay in school and learn.…

South Asia Regional Conference: Using Large-Scale Assessments

A South Asia regional conference on Using Large Scale Assessments to Improve Teaching and Learning took place from April 25-27, 2018 in New Delhi, India. The conference brought together policy makers and assessment officials from eight South Asian countries, assessment experts from national and international agencies, and representatives from Vietnam, Chile and Indonesia. The objective…