School Assessment for School Improvement (SASI)

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ITA has launched the ‘School Assessment for School Improvement (SASI) Program’ as a social enterprise in Pakistan that conducts comprehensive school assessments to improve school management; assessments result in implementable options for school improvement. Low to medium-cost private school owners are encouraged to seek such assessments.
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Year launched: 
2012
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CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
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Implementer: 
Idara-e-Taleem-o-Agahi (ITA)

Location Data

State/Province: 
Punjab, Sindh
City: 
Lahore, Karachi
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Program Description: 

Idara-e-Taleem–o-Agahi (ITA), with funding from Ilm Ideas (a DFID funded program) initiated the first school assessment program in Pakistan, in June 2012. The theory of change of this program is to undertake school assessments across four dimensions, which include: developing a gap analysis; diagnosing options for change and creating benchmarks for school ratings; fostering a complete ecosystem for low to medium-cost schools, providing informed choices and actions for parents and school owners.

The program has been designed with an emphasis on the enhancement of: capacity for quality teaching, infrastructure & learning materials, sustainable financial management, and governance and partnerships.

ITA partnered with the micro-credit ratings firm, M-CRIL India, for the capacity development of its team and for technical assistance on the formation of assessment tools. While these assessments were free of cost to the target schools in the pilot phase, ITA aims to charge for the service going forward, on a differentiated pricing model that takes schools’ financial capacity in to account.

The SASI toolkit is designed to access and assess information along the following key dimensions: (1) school background, (2) quality of education and teachers’ capabilities, (3) student learning levels (Math, English & Urdu), (4) record-keeping techniques, (5) teaching methodologies in practice and classroom observation, (6) teachers’ satisfaction level & challenges, (7) parents’ satisfaction level and their degree of engagement with the school.

The assessment exercise is followed-up with a comprehensive analytical report that is explained in detail to school owners. Remediation options such as a directory of service providers and organizations for schools improvements are also shared. Follow-up evaluations to assess subsequent improvements are also recommended to school owners.