With 380 alumni participants and hundreds of companies and participating host families in our region, Legacy was again selected to host the new programming sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and administered in the U.S. by World Learning.
In April, Legacy hosted 10 educators from Kharkiv, Ukraine, on the subject of educational quality monitoring.
Legacy worked with Roanoke County Public Schools and Virginia Tech University to fulfill the learning objectives of the delegation.
Goals & Objectives
The European Commission has acknowledged that one of the indicators of a high quality of life, means of social and cultural harmony and economic growth is the quality of education. In its national doctrine on educational development, Ukraine declares education quality “a national priority and precondition for national state security, observance of international norms and in supporting current Ukrainian legislation declaring access to education as a basic human right.”
The current standards of primary and secondary education in Ukraine reveal ineffective systems of state control and assessment of educational institutions. Furthermore, there are inconsistencies between the evaluation methods and the new educational goals and results. Control functions over educational entities do not factor in changes in the social environment while the procedures used by state agencies for assessing performance are inefficient.
Along with the need to develop and implement new evaluation procedures, monitoring practitioners must learn technologies that can assess the object under study and those that can trigger mechanisms to transform the entity and help it reach the required degree of development. Equally important is setting up uniform ways to compare the national system of education in Ukraine with that of other countries.
Legacy’s program introduced the group to the education monitoring systems used in Virginia.
Areas of Focus
- Specific methodologies and models to conduct monitoring of educational establishments, conducted through accepted technologies;
- Development and use of a complex model of monitoring student progress and teacher performance;
- Creating of basic patterns for actions, based on psychometric principles and providing an opportunity to assess quality transformation using quantitative methods;
- Development and use of standardized tests (including security standards, administration, scoring.)
The Ukrainian delegation returned home with a solid understanding of U.S. education system as it relates to quality monitoring and assessment.
One participant commented during the last day:
“Those of us who manage education have to change our world view. Management goes too much in one direction. We saw many practical grains we can plant in our systems. But it requires a change in values, a change in how we plan, and a change in our administrative decision making process. Observing the connections and ties between the varied sectors in the U.S., and seeing the high level analytical processes and sophisticated databases was of great value.“
As reflected in their action plans, the participants are eager to apply what they learned during their visit in their own academic spheres. As a result of this program, the Kharkiv delegation is better prepared to implement changes that will allow for greater accountability in their educational institutions.