Monitoring of SDG 4.1 requires common data platform

The Sustainable Development Goal 4.1 aims to ensure equitable and quality education for all and Indicator 4.1.1 (a) calls for measurement of minimum proficiency levels of children at grade 2 or 3. However, no significant effort can be seen at international levels to assess children’s foundational learning abilities. PAL network is conducting a common numeracy assessment for children (age 5 to 15) across all of its member countries. As a member of PAL Network, IID is going to conduct the common assessment survey in one district of Bangladesh by the end of this year.

PAL network has organized the ‘Common Assessment Development and Consensus Building Workshop’ in Limuru, Kenya from 29th July to 1st August, 2019 both to develop capacities of the members countries to carry out the assessment and to ensure that assessment results are compatible across countries.

IID team is currently attending the workshop after completing the ‘Common Assessment Pilot-1’ in Bangladesh. In the four day long residential workshop, teams from all 13 member countries have collaboratively finalized the questionnaire, sampling method, assessment framework and quality control for the common assessment. A data quality control and monitoring framework for the upcoming common assessment have also been agreed.

The common assessment is being conducted in three stages. The first stage includes field pilot to test assessment questions with school children from grade 1 to 8. IID has already conducted this field pilot in July 2019 on 196 primary and secondary school children in Cumilla, Bangladesh. In the next phase, IID will select a district to roll out the final field assessment. At this stage, assessments will be carried out at household levels in five villages within the district to understand the feasibility for the final data collection. Finally, the common assessment will be carried out in 60 villages and the findings will be shared with PAL Network.

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