EPA 304 - Using learning assessment data to monitor SDG 4 progress

23 June 2021 to 27 August 2021
French, English

Practical information and application

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we regret to inform you that our Specialized Courses Programme (SCP) for April-May 2020 have been cancelled. We look forward to being in touch soon with an update on our specialized courses.

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The course will be held in English and French, depending on the number of participants. Please note that the fee for each course offered in the SCP will be communicated later. Admitted candidates are allowed to attend the programme only if the required amount has been transferred to IIEP by 1st September 2021.

Course objectives

To analyze the quality of and equality in education, in particular those used in the international and sub-regional initiatives, such as PISA, TIMSS, PIRLS, SACMEQ, PASEC, and LLECE, in the educational planning cycle so as to monitor the progress of Sustainable Development Goal 4.

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Review international debates on concepts, terms, and indicators that are associated with the educational policy discourse around the monitoring and evaluation of the quality of education;
  • Evaluate the feasibility of carrying out learning assessments taking into consideration the purposes, target population, subjects tested, test frameworks, etc.
  • Develop analytical skills that are required to process and interpret data about quality of and equality in education, in order to translate research results into policy and planning


  1. Steps in educational policy research cycle and the concept of the quality of education: The first component addresses the key steps involved in the educational policy research cycle to monitor and evaluate the quality of education, the meaning and the concept of the “quality of education”, and some key indicators of the “quality of education”. (1 day)

  2. Learning assessments as approaches to monitoring learning: The second component allows the participants to study how various existing (international, regional, and national) assessments measure the educational achievement of students, as well as the conditions of schooling. (4 days)

  3. Use of learning assessment data for policy and planning: The last component covers the construction and interpretation of data tabulations and graphical displays that summarize data selected from a data archive focused on the quality of education. This work aims to respond to the concerns on the quality of education through communicating the policy suggestions based on the assessment results related to the quality of education with stakeholders in order to shape agendas for action. (5 days)


Basic knowledge of descriptive statistics and good command of computer skills.

Participants' profiles

In addition to the criteria mentioned in the introduction, planners/researchers involved in large-scale surveys aimed at guiding education policies on the quality of education.