Specialized Courses Programme (SCP)

Quantitative methods for monitoring and the quality of education

19-30 May 2014

There are several important questions that face all educational planners as they work towards improving the quality and equality of their education systems through monitoring and evaluation. Some of these questions fall under “quantitative/empirical” methods concentrated on the measurement of important educational outcomes and the search for generalisable relationships between educational outcomes and factors related to the composition, organization, and functioning of schools.

This course is concerned with this quantitative/empirical method which is a method that is also the method used in several of the international and sub-regional initiatives to measure the quality of education, such as PISA, TIMSS, PIRLS, SACMEQ, PASEC, and LLECE.


  • Review international debates on concepts, terms, and indicators that are associated with the    educational policy research in order to monitor and evaluate the quality of education.
  • Provide technical skills to construct data collection instruments in order to collect and     prepare data on learning achievement of students and the enabling school conditions.
  • Offer, as an alternative to a census method, techniques to draw a scientific sample for a      large-scale national survey to measure the quality of education.
  • Equip participants with analytical skills that are required to process and interpret data about quality and equality of education in order to translate research results into policy suggestions.

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