Assessment of literacy and foundational learning in developing countries

This review examines the quality and range of tools used to measure literacy and foundational learning in developing countries. It covers the assessment of language and literacy skills in children from age 3 to 14 and includes assessment tools from studies published between 1990 and 2014, rated as ‘Moderate’ or ‘High’ in methodological quality. There… Read more

Uganda’s assessment system: a road-map for enhancing assessment in education

Assessment in education in Uganda takes many forms: for example, the Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) and Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) examinations, the National Assessment of Progress in Education (NAPE) and other system-wide tests, practice examinations used in schools, formal and informal classroom assessment. Uganda’s assessment system is a complex and interconnected web of all… Read more

Independent curriculum and assessment bodies

Limited evidence was identified which directly addresses the benefits and disadvantages of having an independent curriculum and assessment body at national level. Suggestive evidence from Latin America indicated that external assessment institutes have some advantages due to their higher level of autonomy including improved staff capacity; ability to sustain long-term plans and reduced impact of… Read more

The SAGE handbook of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment

The research and debates surrounding curriculum, pedagogy and assessment are ever-growing and are of constant importance around the globe. With two volumes – containing chapters from researchers whose work has been critical to understanding and building expertise in the field – the SAGE Handbook of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment focuses on examining how curriculum is treated… Read more

Building High-Performing and Improving Education Systems: Curriculum and Assessment

This Review deals with the structure and contents of the curriculum, together with curriculum delivery, including time spent on teaching and learning, the relationship between school structures and the curriculum on offer as well as teaching. It also deals with assessment. The section on assessment discusses the purposes of assessment, its timing and methods, as… Read more

An Expansion of a Global Data Set on Educational Quality: a focus on achievement in developing countries

This paper assembles a panel data set that measures cognitive achievement for 128 countries around the world from 1965 to 2010 in 5-year intervals. The data set is constructed from international achievement tests, such as the Programme for International Student Assessment and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, which have become increasingly available… Read more

Guidance Note: National and International Assessments of Student Achievement

Evidence on how successful schools are in transforming resources into student learning is essential to guide policy and management decisions regarding educational provision. Assessment of learning, especially in the foundational areas of language and mathematics, is needed at varying points in the educational careers of students. Assessment entails measurement of learning, analysis to diagnose problems,… Read more