Using learning assessment data to monitor SDG 4 progress (2024)

27 March 2024 to 28 May 2024
Application deadline: 
29 February 2024
French, English
1,600 USD (individual) | 1,400 USD (price per individual for a country group of four)

Practical information and application

The course, Using learning assessment data to monitor SDG  4 progress, consists of a 9-week online training (27 March - 28 May 2024), involving 8-10 work hours per week. It is preceded by a 2-week preliminary phase (13-26 March 2024) to get acquainted with the e-learning platform and to meet the other participants and IIEP instructors.

Admission to this course is open to all candidates who meet the requirements.

The number of places made available is limited. To apply, please use the online application form, which contains complete information on the required documents. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Course objectives

To develop skills in monitoring and evaluating the progress on SDG 4 by using learning assessment data from various sources, as part of the educational planning cycle.

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

  • Explain 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 for participants’ country context, taking into consideration the purposes, target population, subject tested, and test frameworks.
  • Develop the analytical skills needed to process and interpret data about the quality of, and equality in, education, in order to translate results into policy and planning.


  1. Steps in the educational planning cycle and the concept of quality of education: What are the key steps, in the educational policy planning cycle, to address the concerns of senior policy-makers regarding the process of monitoring and evaluating education quality? These are some of the questions covered in this first module.
  2. Learning assessments as approaches to monitoring learning and quality of education: The second module will help participants understand how various existing (international, regional, and national) assessments measure the educational achievements of students, as well as the conditions of schooling.
  3. Use of learning assessment data for policy and planning: The last module covers the construction and interpretation of data tabulations and graphical displays, which will summarize data (focused on education quality) selected from an archive.


All candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Professional experience: have relevant professional work experience as practitioner, trainer or researcher in fields related to education planning and management.
  • Language proficiency: read, write, and speak fluently in one of the two languages: English or French.
  • Computer literacy: possess good computer skills in MS Word and Excel.

Participants' profiles

This course is designed for staff of ministries of education and planners, NGO, and development partner staff, including consultants and regional and local-level officials working in the field and using large-scale surveys to plan and implement policies to improve the quality of education.

Please note that participants must have reliable access to the internet and meet the requirements described in the technology section.


This course is held online in a virtual classroom. Our e-learning platform (Moodle) is user-friendly and adapted to participants’ needs, allowing practice-oriented training and a collaborative learning approach. Teaching-learning activities span a variety of interactive modules, resources, and tools, including discussion forums, video and audio instructional content, web conferencing, wikis, blogs, quizzes, and more.

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