Rosetta Stone project moves ahead in Burundi

Following the disruption of data collection activities in Senegal in March due to COVID-19, IEA is delighted to see that the Burundian PASEC Rosetta team has been able to successfully and safely administer data collection for a second week in a row.

The aim of the Rosetta Stone project is to link the results of regional assessments with IEA's 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.

To achieve this purpose, three PASEC (Programme d’Analyse des Systèmes Educatifs de la CONFEMEN) countries (namely Senegal, Burundi, and Guinea) plan to re-administer the student elements of the PASEC test in combination with specifically designed TIMSS and PIRLS linkage material (the so-called Rosetta booklets) in spring 2020. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Guinea has also had to postpone the data collection until schools are able to reopen.