The READ 2 RAS Program continues to support Russia in developing the capacity of education experts and researchers. Since its launch, the program has focused on the following activities:

The Eurasian Association for Educational Assessment (EAOKO) network. EAOKO hosts an annual conference that brings together the main actors from the community of education quality experts in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and beyond. Registration for the conference is open on the EAOKO website: (information in English will be available soon). The EAOKO Journal, in turn, serves as a platform for dissemination of relevant studies on education quality by researchers from different countries. Read more

Ph.D. Program in Educational Measurement and Evaluation at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE). A Ph.D. Program in Educational Measurement and Evaluation is currently being introduced at HSE, a leading university in Russia in the field of social sciences. To this date, HSE has developed a detailed concept of the program and an action plan for its implementation; selected staff for delivery of the program courses; developed a staff training plan for teaching the course and delivered the first stage of the training plan. The university also completed the design of the course materials and selected the initial group of Ph.D. students. As part of the program, Michael Russell, professor at the Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development, visited HSE with a series of lectures and seminars for graduate students in the “Measurement and Evaluation in Education” track. The information about the meeting is presented on the HSE website (in Russian). In September – October 2019, the first cohort of students of the Ph.D. Program will present their research progress.

The Russian Training Center (RTC) continues offering online courses and face-to-face seminars through the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences. Recently, four courses were developed and delivered. Read more

On August 22 – 25, 2019 Jaime Saavedra, World Bank’s Education Global Director visited Russia and had a meeting with members of the READ Council to discuss the progress of the READ program implementation and the program’s relevance to the global education agenda of the World Bank. He also participated in the 45th WorldSkills Competition and delivered a speech at the WorldSkills conference’s opening panel “A world at risk: developing the skill sets to endure, adapt, and thrive.” You can find more information at READ Program Newsletter

The Center for International Cooperation in Education Development (CICED) and the READ Program Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS) are arranging a study visit to UNESCO and OECD in Paris, France for an international group of assessment professionals in the fall of 2019. The visit will focus on the existing developments relating to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), fostering 21st century skills, and the ways in which UNESCO and OECD are supporting the global education agenda on these topics. A group of 16 people, representing the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Armenia, Guatemala, and the Russian Federation will convene for a three-day program to learn from current experiences of these international development organizations.