NEQMAP builds capacity for quality learning assessment data across the Asia-Pacific

From March 12 to 15, over 45 education assessment specialists from over 20 countries across the Asia-Pacific region met in Bangkok, Thailand, for a capacity development building workshop organized by the Network on Education Quality Monitoring in the Asia-Pacific (NEQMAP), coordinated by the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok). The workshop focused on data quality and accuracy and was made possible through a grant from GPE under its Assessment for Learning (A4L) initiative. While the majority of the workshop consisted of training elements delivered by experts from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), this occasion was also used to discuss possible future directions of the network, which will be celebrating its fifth anniversary on March 28th. Building capacity to better assess learning The meeting also served to showcase ongoing regional and global initiatives such as the Pacific Island Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (PILNA) and South East Asian Primary Learning Metrics (SEA-PLM), as well as GPE’s A4L initiative and the ongoing work of the Global Alliance to Monitor Learning (GAML). As always, the workshop also reinforced strong ties among NEQMAP members.