Pacific Benchmarking for Educational Results
The Pacific Benchmarking for Educational Results (PaBER) project has been operating since June 2012. The purpose of this project is to use evidence to drive system changes to improve educational outcomes for children in the Pacific. This project has included 3 countries: Solomon Islands, Samoa and Papua New Guinea, with the intention that other countries can also benefit by adapting the processes used.
Recently, a Teachers Skills Audit was completed, which focussed on investigating primary school teachers’ assessment skills. International evidence suggests that quality classroom assessment produces better educational outcomes for students. Through this exercise countries were able to identify skill gaps of their primary school teachers, enabling these countries to address these through professional development. Teacher skills for assessment include: planning, administration, interpretation of results, reporting and communication – it was found that teachers are commonly competent with planning and administration of classroom assessment. This was an encouraging result, it was also encouraging to note that schools and teachers are regularly assessing their students.
This month the PaBER project will be providing training and data collection to indicate the capacity of countries to develop educational policies. The knowledge of how to develop educational policies within a country is essential to effectively respond to evidence that has been generated so far through activities conducted as part of the PaBER project. Developing educational policies is an important means to improve educational practice and ultimately better outcomes for students.
For more information on any of the PaBER activities please contact [email protected] or 3315600.