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Student Assessment

National governments and international agencies are increasingly recognizing the key role that assessment of student learning plays in an effective education system. SABER-Student Assessment documents and analyzes student assessment systems in developed and developing countries around the world. The goal is to promote stronger assessment systems that contribute to improved education quality and learning for all.

What does SABER-Student Assessment do?

SABER-Student Assessment documents and analyzes student assessment systems in both developed and developing countries, helping countries to identify reform options and determine their appropriate sequencing by:

  1. Classifying and analyzing student assessment systems around the world according to the key criteria to which all such systems should aspire.
  2. Collecting information on these key criteria by administering a set of questionnaires to key informants and gathering both qualitative and quantitative data, validated by legal documents.
  3. Providing country reports and other knowledge product that promote improved student assessment systems.

What matters most in a student assessment system?

SABER-Student Assessment helps countries understand how different assessment activities and systems can help improve education quality and learning. SABER-Student Assessment equips countries with diagnostic tools for three types of assessment activities:

  1. Classroom assessments for providing real-time information to support teaching and learning in individual classrooms.
  2. Examinations for making high-stakes decisions about an individual student’s progress through the education system, including the allocation of ‘scarce’ educational opportunities.
  3. Large-scale, system-level assessments for monitoring and providing policymaker- and practitioner-relevant information on overall performance levels in the system, changes in those levels, and related or contributing factors.

SABER-Student Assessment shows countries how to strengthen the three types of assessment activities to guide policy and decision-making. To be useful, assessments need to be strong in three areas:

  1. Enabling context
  2. System alignment
  3. Assessment quality

The framework paper, What Matters Most for Student Assessment Systems, presents an in-depth overview of the SABER-Student Assessment initiative, including the evidence and analysis used to identify the three assessment activities and the areas in which assessments need to be strong to promote learning.

How does SABER-Student Assessment help countries improve their assessment systems?

SABER-Student Assessment is enhancing the global knowledge base on effective student assessment policies. Education policymakers and other actors invested in education, including school principals, teachers, and other decision-makers can turn to SABER-Student Assessment to help them in several ways. They can draw on the comprehensive framework based on a thorough review of global evidence and related diagnostic tools to help identify the key quality drivers that need to be addressed in order to strengthen the quality and utility of the information produced by the various activities in their assessment system. They can also use the structured framework and methodology to help enable cross-country learning and foster informed dialogue and decision-making.