In this component, we will aim to: a) develop educators’ awareness of the importance of school-based assessment (SBA) in improving student learning outcomes and the ability to implement it; and b) collaborate
with MEST and other donors to improve the capacities for external student assessment at the national level. To achieve this, we plan to carry out the following activities:
Activity 2.1 Develop national standards for school-based assessment
FHI’s international and local experts will work with MEST to develop assessment standards and a Code of Ethics, aligning them with the new national curriculum and standards for high-quality assessment developed for international examinations. We will pilot an improved assessmentstandards professional development program in 10 schools, in selected municipalities, before launching the program nation-wide.
Activity 2.2 Design a training curriculum in SBA for all teachers and school directors
Our assessment and professional development experts will work with our local partner, Kosovo Education Center (KEC), to design an SBA professional development program. We will familiarize teachers and administrators with the new standards and develop their capacity to use formative assessment methods and self assessment, both qualitative and quantitative. Training modules, manuals, videos, and online modules will be made available on an online ‘Toolbox’ of resources.
Following the training program, facilitators will give in-school support and mentor teachers and administrators. Local partners will help identify assessment mentors from each primary and lower secondary school who will disseminate information to their colleagues. Local training will take place in the DTCs described in Component One.
Activity 2.3 Provide professional development to selected teachers and school administrators in test construction and develop a test item bank
We will work with selected teachers and administrators to enable them to develop tests and test items which can be used to assess student progress in relation to the new curriculum and relevant skills.
After a period of training, they will form a team of local experts to work with our Assessment experts and will collect and improve a pool of exam questions from across the curriculum for teachers to use in exam development. The team will work with the program’s ICT experts to create a bank of test items that can be shared through the online Toolbox.
List of Assessment Lead Schools
Activity 2.4 Develop the capacity of the MEST Assessment Unit to meet its responsibilities with respect to school-based and national assessment
Our international assessment expert will assist the MEST Assessment Unit to develop a professional development program for its personnel. Our expert will assist the Assessment Unit to pilot external assessment in selected schools and municipalities and train its staff to interpret the results of these pilot external tests and present the results to the education community and decision makers.
The teacher Nadire Qengaj, from Abdyl Frashëri Primary school, Prizren, uses Assessment for Learning
approach in the Albanian Language lesson, in order to gather information whether the students are
able to analyze a reading passage that they have learnt ,visualize and structure the story and also use
the right punctuation.
The students assess each other against the success criteria that are written on the black-board, they use
the Assessment for Learning technique “Two stars and a wish”.
Nadire Qengaj is one of the 23 teachers that were trained in the Assessment for Learning, by the
USAID ‘s project Basic Education Program.