Monitoring and Evaluating Learning Outcomes…key to education planning.

The long awaited project on ‘Literacy and Numeracy Assessment in Nigeria’ kicked off on Monday 21st October 2019 with an elaborate opening ceremony at National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration Ondo. The project which is a collaboration between NIEPA and International Institute for Education Planning, Paris and International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, Netherlands

Delivering her opening remarks, Director General NIEPA, Professor Lilian Salami represented by Coordinator of Programmes, Dr. Mrs Olatoun Akinsolu, informed the audience that this super collaboration with both International and local Development Partners is engineered towards delivering effective and quality education by researching into how Nigeria can start up a system level learning assessment for education planning. As at today, Nigeria does not have a National Learning Assessment program that feeds back into the education planning system. This then means, the database used by planners and ministry officials are inadequate for the essentials of quality planning. She harped on the fact that, the outcome of this project would inform critical policy decisions in the education sector.

Speaking introspectively during the opening ceremony of the 5-day project on learning assessment, Mr. Sebastian Meyer representing International Association for Education Achievement (IEA) noted that the project aims to initiate a transformation towards system level assessment in Nigeria. He further added that the project would also involve capacity development of education officers, education professionals and the conduct of learning assessment in 18 states in Nigeria.

Head, Training and Education programmes, UNESCO IIEP; Mioko Saito  in her welcome remarks said that the main objective of the training is to review various ways of monitoring and evaluating learning outcomes. She reiterated that, participants upon completion of the project, will be able to recognize learning assessment as one of the approaches to monitor learning, identify characteristics of various learning assessment and share practical experience on learning assessments in their states and projects”.

Other goodwill messages were delivered by representatives of organizations like Project on Learning Assessment (PLAN), UBEC and UNICEF.

The well attended event was also graced by the Ag. Registrar, Mrs. Abimbola Fayanju; Ag. Head, Research Department, Dr. Samson Oyeromi; Ag. Head, Training Department, Dr. Sunday Adegbesan and other Management staff of the institute.

The Training Project is slated to run for five (5) days in the following areas.

 

                               ITEM    RESPONSIBLE
                 DAY 1
Official opening

Welcome and administrative arrangement

NIEPA
Introducing PLAN, IIEP, IEA and UBEC

Overall mission of LaNA

IEA
Objectives of the workshop

Brief introduction of participants

IEA/IIEP

All

 Importance of learning assessments for Agenda 2030 and

assessment framework for Nigeria

IIEP
 Identifying general policy concerns about quality of

learning in Nigeria

 

IIEP

Group work on identification of general policy concerns

about quality of learning in Nigeria

 

ALL

Sharing of the result of the group discussion ALL
            Day 2
Moving from general  policy concerns to specific research

Questions

 

 

IIEP

Group work on moving from general  policy concerns to

specific research questions

 

ALL

Operationalizing specific research questions

 

IIEP
 Group work on operationalization of specific research questions           ALL
   Introduction of the LaNA study          IEA

 

Day 3
Test Administrator training IEA
Day 4
School Visits All
Feedback from School Visits All
                Day 5
Survey Operations Procedures Overview IEA
Manual data  entry  introduction IEA
Hands-on Exercise on Manual Data Entry ALL
Group discussion and feedback round IEA/IIEP