Large Scale Education Programs

The Annual Status of Student Learning (ASSL) study carried out by the Royal Education Council with the support of Educational Initiatives provides comprehensive feedback on the quality of the student learning in Bhutan today. The study also provides details for strengthening conceptual learning in students. The results from ASSL can feed into the different areas actioned upon by the Ministry related to curriculum, teacher training, student evaluation and clasroom processes in schools.

I am confident that the ASSL findings will augment the various strategic steps taken by all us collectively to strengthen the quality education in Bhutan. I would encourage schools to make widespread use of the ASSL reports and school-specific findings provided by the study to improve and target classroom reforms and processes.

- Lyonpo Thakur S. Powdyel,
Minister, Ministry of Education, Royal Government of Bhutan

Education Initiatives’ recently released Student Learning Study (SLS) provides a fresh and insightful assessment of student learning across 18 states of India in both urban and rural schools, reaching over 100,000 students in Classes 4,6, and 8, covering 13 languages. This is one of the largest studies of its kind in any country of the world, using a methodologically rigorous testing cycle.

Most significantly, SLS sought to assess students’ understanding and ability to apply what they had learnt (“learning with understanding”) as opposed to just their ability to recall information or use formulae or procedures. Test items including both “straightforward” questions (such as what might appear in a textbook or traditional exam) and “non-straightforward” questions which assessed students’ ability to apply their learning. In turn, these questions were linked to specific learning competencies.

The results of the SLS are more interesting in some respects than those of the National Achievement Survey (NAS) of NCERT or Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) administered by Pratham, an NGO.

- Excerpt from the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’s 12th Joint Review Mission Report, 2010
(This is the “education for all” programme of the UN)

Education Initiatives Pvt. Ltd. based out of Ahmedabad, Gujarat was awarded the project ‘Achievement Testing Students in Chhattisgarh’…The student assessment study covered 3 lakh students approximately from classes 3 to 8 in language and math from 16 districts of Chhattisgarh. Education Initiatives carried out sampling test development, training of master trainers, data analysis, report presentation, students interview videos, post analysis workshops, capacity building workshops for the state during the course of the project. This is to confirm that the project was successfully completed to the satisfaction of the Rajiv Gandhi Shiksha Mission, Raipur, Chhattisgarh.

- K. R. Pisda, Mission Director
Rajiv Gandhi Shiksha Mission Raipur, Chhattisgarh

The Teacher Needs Assessment (TNA) exercise, jointly undertaken by the Ministry of Education and Royal Education Council, is a step in Bhutan’s educational reform initiative to provide answers to some of key challenges in improving teacher quality. The TNA carried out by Educational Initiatives for teachers of PP to Class 4 identifies common strengths and or weaknesses and areas requiring improvement, and areas requiring improvement, and recommends interventions change. The TNA also explores the link between student learning levels and teacher competence and identifies areas that teachers perceive as their needs. I am confident that the TNA findings will provide a useful basis for the various strategic steps taken by us collectively for enhancing the professional quality of teachers in Bhutan. I would encourage policy makers and teachers to make widespread use of the TNA reports and teacher-specific findings provided by the study to improve and target teacher training, classroom reforms and processes.

- Lyonpo Thakur S. Powdyel.
Minister, Ministry of Education, Royal Government of Bhutan

The workshop was informative and refreshing one. There should be more such workshops in future and to all teachers for better quality.

- Jigmecholing CPS,
Principal, Attended ASSL & TNA Dissemination Workshop in Bhutan

The presentation made was an eye opener. State team can work on the data received to improve quality and other initiatives.

The process of presentation is extremely helpful. This kind of assessment verifies our understanding of student learning levels.

Today there was a presentation on the findings of assessment of class 3-8. Common errors were found among students in Maths and language and were discussed one by one. A method of teaching young children in an interesting way was discussed (referring to Mindspark). This academic work is appreciated.

- Officials from Rajiv Gandhi Shiksha Mission and SCERT,
Chattisgarh, Test of Student Learning

Teacher support session conducted in our school was very informative. Teachers have thoroughly enjoyed the session.

- E.Vijaya Sree,
Sanghamitra School, Hyderabad

The sessions helped us to understand the importance of data interpretation in enhancing the learning levels in children. It raised some interesting questions sparking off a healthy debate on issues.
It helped us to understand how to discern a good question from ambiguous one. The session laid adequate emphasis on the importance of scientific approach towards question paper setting.

- Officials from DIET, SSA, Dept. Of Education, and teachers
Government of Andhra Pradesh, AP Randomised Evaluation Project

Resourceful facilitators. Enriching session with full of information. Informative, I have learnt many more new things from this fruitful two day workshop. Hope many more sessions (workshop) like this in the near future.
Understanding benchmarking and its implication is useful for remedial classes in the schools.
The sessions were very practical. The participants got the opportunity to think through the ASSL and TNA results. They gained insights into misconceptions. Most of all, they could get hands on practice in planning for improvement.

- Officials and Teachers from Dept. of School Education
Bhutan Board of Examinations, Education Ministry, Bhutan

This workshop gave a clear insight into the importance of Rubrics. This workshop extended additional help for teachers involved in the CCE pattern.

- Mrs. Jayashree Vasudevan
PSSB School, Chennai

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