Preliminary 2017 results show great improvements for students, teachers and mentors Preliminary 2017 results show great improvements for students, teachers and mentors

By SeeBeyondBorders -

Preliminary results for the 2016-17 academic year show significant improvements in the skills of teachers, as well as the mentors who support them. The results for students are also very encouraging.

It is school holiday time in Cambodia, but at SeeBeyondBorders it’s a busy time of year as we finalise test results and conduct annual program reviews.  Evaluation is a critical element of our programs, and we have in place a rigorous testing regime for teachers, mentors and students.

SeeBeyondBorders conducted tests and assessments of 6,167 students, 169 teachers and 84 mentors in 46 poor rural primary schools that have been part of the SeeBeyondBorders’ Quality Teaching program for up to 6 years.

Preliminary results for the 2016-17 academic year show significant improvements in the skills of teachers, as well as the mentors who support them. The results for students are also very encouraging.

Significant improvements in student test results

A total of  6,167 Grades 1 to 3 students completed tests in July and August 2017 to assess their knowledge of the Cambodian state school mathematics curriculum. The tests are designed, administered and results analysed by SeeBeyondBorders staff.

Continuing trends in previous years, the 2017 test results showed average pass rates for students in SeeBeyondBorders’ program schools increased significantly.  Students in Grade 1 achieved an average pass rate of 86%, compared with less than 50% five years earlier.

Teacher continue to build their professional skills

The skills of teachers were evaluated using a structured program of classroom observations, based on a scale comprising four levels and six pedagogical skills. Teachers have to demonstrate competence in all six skills before achieving the next level, for example, if the teacher demonstrates five skills at Level 2 and one skill at Level 1, they will remain at Level 1 until the final skill has been mastered.

The 2017 results for 169 teachers participating in the SeeBeyondBorders’ Quality Teaching Program were very encouraging.  For teachers that were part of the CORE program (years 1-3 of the Quality Teaching Program), 99% reached at least Level 2 on the SeeBeyondBorders’ teacher skills scale, achieving  competent skills in all areas.  In addition, 64% reached Level 3 and 5% reached Level 4, demonstrating exemplary capabilities across all skill areas. For those in the TRANSITION phase (years 4-5 of the Program) the results were even more impressive, with 98% reaching Level 3, and 22% achieving Level 4.

Outstanding results for mentors

Mentoring support for teachers is a fundamental feature of SeeBeyondBorders’ Quality Teaching Program. Through regular classroom visits, mentors support and encourage teachers, helping them to embed newly acquired knowledge and skills into their lessons. Similar to the teacher skills scale, the capabilities of mentors are assessed on four skill levels, and mentors must pass on each of the skills areas before being recognised at that level.

In the 2017 evaluations (using structured observations), for mentors that were part of the CORE program (years 1-3 of the Quality Teaching Program), 84% reached at least Level 3 (excellent), while for those in the TRANSITION phase (years 4-5 of the program), 86% reached at least Level 3, and 69% reached Level 4 (exemplary).

Conclusion

These results provide further evidence that SeeBeyondBorders’ award-winning approach to teacher training and professional development is extremely effective.  The in-service program combining relevant, practical training with on-going mentor support helps in the formation of dynamic professional communities of practice for teachers, and delivers a dramatically improved learning environment for students.

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