ECA-CES in partnership with leading organizations in the sphere of education quality assessment in CIS region implements educational research project International Research of Students’ Achievements, IRSA. The central task of IRSA is conducting of cross-country research, aimed at determination of factors related to educational achievements of primary schoolchildren in Math.
IRSA project goals
- Building of expert capacity;
- strengthen of regional cooperation;
- development of national systems for education quality assessment in partner countries.
The project is an example of cross-country cooperation and experts of the leading organizations in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
National Center for Assessment and Testing under the Government of the Republic of Armenia
For conducting of cross-country research teams of specialists in participating countries localized Student Achievement Monitoring (SAM) in new languages and for new cultural contexts, implemented methodology for analysis of educational programs and textbooks, developed and piloted methodology for large-scale cross-country research. Besides that, in frames of the project local research teams piloted new tools for diagnosing teaching practices.
Capacity building opportunities
During the project many specialists receive training and improve their expertise. Specialists working in the project include those ones without any research experience and expert who is word known in this sphere. It is a unique opportunity for knowledge sharing and learning from one another acquiring new skills in research and assessment conducting. Project also include traditional approaches to capacity building such as trainings and seminars. Overall the most common capacity building activities within the IRSA project include: short-term distant training programs in educational assessment and educational management broadcasted through distant learning platform. Transfer of technology is arranged through joint activities on localization of assessment methodologies and tools for the use in different languages and cultural context. Every localized methodology is given to the country and owned by the country.
Experience exchange and results dissemination
Technology Transfer is arranged through joint activities on localization of assessment methodologies and tools for the use in different languages and cultural context. Every localized methodology is given to the country and owned by the country. Technology for the conducting of the large scale research was developed specially for this project and then it was discussed with every participating country to avoid “one doesn’t fit all” situation. Participating countries have localized this methodology in different languages and for the specific country context.
Project is open for participation to other relevant education agencies, to all specialists working in education assessment, specialists from teacher training institutions, actual school administration and teachers. Representatives of donor community, international and local education NGOs, think-tanks, consultancies and scholars get invited for large regional meetings dedicated to IRSA results. This project is registered at the United Nations Sustainable Development Platform.