A New Initiative by UIS to Strengthen the Development of SDG 4 Learning and Skill Indicators
The Catalogue of Learning Assessments (CLA) is the UNESCO Institute for Statistics’ (UIS) initiative to compile standardized information on various aspects of learning (or skill) assessments in countries across the world. The UIS implemented the first version of CLA in 2014 and 2015. Since September 2016, the UIS has worked with its partners to develop an enhanced version of the Catalogue (CLA 2.0). The information collected through the CLA 2.0 not only support the monitoring of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education, but also help countries evaluate and improve the quality and robustness of their assessment/examination systems.
The UIS CLA project aims to provide data and information to: a) map national, regional and international learning assessments; b) support countries to evaluate and improve the quality and robustness of their assessment/examination systems; and c) help countries and donors identify capacity-development needs. The CLA 2.0 consists of two modules. Module 1 is a mapping instrument that collects information about the characteristics of learning (or skills) assessments in countries. Module 2 is an instrument to collect national data on learning (or skills) outcomes as well as national definitions of proficiency levels and its minimum proficiency level. An extension of CLA 2.0 is the System-Wide Analysis of Assessment Practices (SWAAP) tool, which isan instrument that evaluates the robustness of assessment/examination systems and identifies capacity‐building needs.
Currently, three excel questionnaires have been built: one questionnaire for Module 1 and two questionnaires for Module 2 (one asking information about school-based assessments and the other about household-based assessments). The data collection instruments are currently being translated to French and their final version will be made available in English, French and Spanish. Additionally, a pilot survey is on-going in nine countries, which are part of the UIS CapEd project (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Senegal, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal), in order to assess the data collection instruments and make adjustments/corrections to the instruments, if needed.
In parallel to the pilot testing of instrument, the UIS is developing an on-line platform to reduce the burden of data respondents and improve the efficiency of data collection process. The on-line questionnaire for Module 1 has been finalized and the development of the on-line questionnaires for Module 2 has started and will be implemented in early 2018. For the global survey, the UIS has developed a data collection strategy that implies collecting data through three channels. These include a) regional or specialized agencies, for which memorandums of understanding will be signed, b) directly from countries, and c) through consultants.
Brenda Tay-Lim, UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)
Brenda Tay-Lim [UIS.LO@unesco.org]