Mapping and Assessment of Schools in Lebanon
InfoPro conducted a study for the LORE Foundation to assess the education sector in Lebanon and to identify current gaps and opportunities. Through desk research, InfoPro mapped all existing reports available on the educational system in Lebanon and identified a general framework of Lebanon’s educational system and highlighted the weaknesses or gaps which require further investigation. InfoPro then interviewed 350 public, private, and private for free schools which are representative of the total number of schools. The interviews with schools yielded information on their student body such as the dropout levels, reasons for dropping out, and profile of drop-outs. The interviews also delved into the number of teachers available across cycles, whether they are sufficient for the school’s needs, their level of education and specializations, training that they have undertaken with the aim to understand any weaknesses that might be enhanced with the proper training. The interviews assessed the school infrastructure and equipment to assess their quality and whether there any improvements which need to be carried out. InfoPro identified and mapped all NGOs that tackle issues or have programs related to school dropouts. The interviews with NGOs concentrated on entities that provide assistance to youths of schooling age / eligible for education and those who are specialized in programs pertaining to school drop-outs. The interviews identified the obstacles faced by these individuals and whether drop-outs tend to seek assistance and in what form. It also provided a well-rounded picture of the educational sector and its requirements.
School Assessment Tests
Management Systems International and USAID commissioned InfoPro to conduct the EGRA Assessment Test which consisted of two baseline and two end line surveys. The aim of the study was to carry-out the EGRA assessment test among school students and measure the impact of the project on student reading performance. The EGRA assessment test collects data on children’s reading levels. Overall, the assessment consisted of four critical instruments: (1) Grade 2 EGRA Student Test, (3) Grade 3 EGRA Student Test, (3) Student Questionnaire, and (4) Teacher Questionnaire. The scope of work for this activity focused on administering EGRA student and teacher questionnaires in approximately 120 public schools throughout all regions in Lebanon for each of the four surveys. In total, 9,800 students and 920 teachers were assessed.
Teacher Observation Study
InfoPro was commissioned by the World Bank. The study is a part of the R4R program that focuses on identifying the obstacles that are delaying educational development and provide decision makers with quantitative data that can assist them in changing and developing new policies. The survey was conducted by InfoPro and the Ministry of Education staff (DOPS). The aim of the teacher observation study was to identify classroom practices by assessing teacher training and teacher behavior to student perceptions across Grade 4 and 7 classrooms. InfoPro utilized an instrument developed by the World Bank called “CLASS.” CLASS is a system for observing and assessing the quality of interactions between teachers and students in classrooms. The observation and interviews with teachers were conducted in 120 schools covering the six Mohafazas of Lebanon. Of the 120 schools sampled, 26 schools were visited twice in order to assess both the first and second shift. The observation assessed Grade 4 and Grade 7 math, foreign language and Arabic teachers. In total, 888 classroom observations were conducted and 707 teachers were assessed.
Student Assessment Study
InfoPro was commissioned the study by Management System International and the World Bank. The study is a part of the R4R program that focuses on identifying the obstacles that are delaying educational development and provide decision makers with quantitative data that can assist them in changing and developing new policies. The aim of the Student Assessment Study was to understand student learning outcomes and student perception in Lebanese schools over two waves. The scope of work included sampling 145 schools and the assessment of 15,000 students. The data used in the study was gathered from public, private, and subsidized private schools, and classrooms including first and second shifts, to better understand what students are learning.