School Education Quality Assessment Project (SEQAP) aims at helping developing countries that have insufficient capacity of experts to master use of the assessment technologies through development and adaptation of tools. The developed technology becomes country’s own. It then can be used by state authorities and school administration for educational assessment in the situation where large-scale international comparative research is not conducted.

The initiative is operated by the Center for International Cooperation in Education Development (CICED) in partnership with Russian Center for Formative Assessment (RCFA) and National Foundation for International Development Aid (NFID). It is being managed under the agreements between CICED and organizations participating in the project from four countries: Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The SEQAP is a partnership that formed under the READ Program when CICED introduced promising tools for education quality assessment that could be adapted and used in a different cultural context and language.

Who can participate?

Research teams that have work experience in the field of school education quality assessment or educational policy. Research teams should include at least one researcher from a developing country. Applications will be accepted at all time.

Project goals

  • Promoting tools for education quality assessment at a school level to encourage its use among specialists working in schools (teachers, school administration, curriculum specialists) through distant training, seminars and workshops

  • Developing, localizing and adapting modern methodologies and tools for education quality assessment in the different cultural contexts and languages

  • Sharing knowledge on importance of the regular education quality assessment

  • Strengthening regional cooperation of specialists from developing countries working on improvement of the education quality.

Project stages

Determination of target population and comparison analysis of the educational programs.

This is done by the local specialists that receive training in these tasks.

Translation and adaptation of test items that are common for Russia and the country of adaptation.

This part is done through “learning by doing” approach by local specialists.

Development of new test items.

This part is done through “learning by doing” approach by local specialists.

Small pilot and clinical approbation of translated version

These researches are organized on the country of adaptation by the team of local specialists that underwent training.

Psychometric validity research of the results of clinical approbation.

Done together with country teams and Russian specialists.

Country ownership of the adapted technology.

School Education Quality Assessment Project and Sustainable Development Agenda

Project SEQAP is created in frames of Russia’s contribution to implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda. The project SEQAP is aimed at achievement of the following targets of SDG 4:

4.1 By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes

4C By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States

and the target of the SDG 17:

17.6 Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism

Procedures and timeline

Research on piloting of Questionnaire for Teachers and Students

March – October 2018
Questionnaire for Teachers and Students which is a part of SAM tools family was localized for future research to accompany testing

SAM tools for primary school in 4 languages

November 2017
SAM tool was localized in 4 languages in 2 versions

Grants on tools localization

May 2011
December 2012
December 2015
June 2016
Within the Small Grants Program country teams that were interested in localization of tools and research won financial grants

Launch of the SEQAP Project

July 2010
The Project was launched within the READ Program with participation of 2 countries


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