After the successful administration of the UIS - IEA Rosetta Stone initiative in Senegal (November 2019), country representatives from Senegal, Guinea and Burundi met in Dakar to prepare the main survey. IEA representatives Thierry Rocher (IEA Chair), Oliver Neuschmidt and Juliane Kobelt (Capacity Building team), together with colleagues from CONFEMEN held training sessions regarding sampling, instrument preparation, test administration and data management.
The aim of the project is to establish a link between the PASEC regional assessment (Programme d’Analyse des Systèmes Educatifs de la CONFEMEN) and TIMSS/PIRLS scales.
TIMSS and PIRLS are recognized by the UNESCO as providing a solid evidence base for countries wanting to measure their progress towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.1 for quality in education. The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and IEA Rosetta Stone aims to link the results of regional assessments with TIMSS and PIRLS achievement scales, thus making it possible to project the location of each country participating in the regional assessments onto the TIMSS and PIRLS scales, and measure their progress against SDG4 targets.