Centre for Science of Student Learning

Building capacity of educational systems for high quality diagnostic assessments and research.

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Centre for Science of Student Learning

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Central Square Foundation

Central Square Foundation’s aims to achieve transformational standards of excellence for the Indian school education system.

Market of Implementation

  • India

Problem

To build capacity of educational systems for high quality diagnostic assessments and research into the when, what, why and how of student learning.

Solution

We are a unique HYBRID model between an institution for learning, research and implementation. Our closest analogy is a Medical College Hospital where one would get a theoretical grounding of the science and also  get hands-on-practise for developing the art. We build Assessment Capacity  There is a Chinese proverb which says “give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach him to fish and he eats for a lifetime”. If we need to build robust measurement mechanisms, it is important that capacity for assessments is built, else assessments will happen a few times with outsourced support, but it will not be sustainable in the long run. Our action plan for building capacity is multipronged and addresses the lacunae at systemic, institutional and individual level. We research into the science of student learning Improving student learning is NOT rocket science, it is proving to be difficult than rocket science. While better school resources, new curriculum, massive teacher training and higher frequency of assessments are effective in short run, they do not seem to bring lasting change. We carry out research into the when, what, why and how of learning through impact intervention studies in the cognitive and affective domain and by building improved psychometric methods. We Build Open Source Tools What we are striving for, is a fundamental shift in the behaviour of stakeholders in the system to approach learning diagnostically and  to build insights into the learning process. We believe that behavioural shift is aided by conducive external conditions, one of which is the availability and accessibility to resources that supports the new behaviour. Our open resources and tools will add strength to the cause of diagnostic measurement of learning and  drive data based decision making in the classroom.

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