The IRSA Project is implemented within the Russia Education Aid for Development (READ). The READ program is a joint initiative of the Government of the Russian Federation and the World Bank. The main task of the READ program is to support participating countries in building the capacity of institutions responsible for measuring learning achievements and use these data to improve teaching and learning.
IRSA Project Goals
To promote and implement the use of innovative methodologies for education quality assessment that will assist countries with improving national systems for educational assessment, starting with everyday classroom assessment and going beyond country level by participating in international comparative research
To enhance educators’ capacity building through “learning by doing”, educational training and participation in international dialogue on the future of education
To gain scientific data for improvement of policymaking that should be deeply grounded in research evidence
To accelerate regional cooperation and stimulate knowledge and technologies exchange between countries that carry similar legacy in many approaches to education.
National testing centers and institutes of education serve as focal points for project teams. The focal points, being national assessment bodies, ensure the linkage between project outcomes and policy makers and come with country-specific products (e.g. seminars or reports available in national language) for the purpose of informing policy makers on recommendations produced within the project.
IRSA recent and upcoming events
IRSA’s key project activities encompass three domains training and “learning by doing”, research conducting and results dissemination. Within these domains CICED organizes different types of events that’s include activities aim at developing educators’ capacity in beneficiary countries, seminars, workshops, study-tours and panels within the duration of international conferences.
IRSA Project and Sustainable Development Goals
International Research of Student Achievements Project is aimed at accelerating of the achievement of the SDG 4th (targets 4.1 and 4.C) and SDG 17th (targets 17.6 and 17.9) through
promoting use of innovative methodologies for education quality assessment
educators’ capacity building
gaining research data for policymaking and
accelerating regional cooperation.