School Assessment for School Improvement Program (SASI) is an initiative taken by “Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) with the technical support of Micro-Credit Ratings International Limited (M-CRIL), India to evaluate the overall performance of low cost private schools, foundations assisted schools and some of the public sector schools of Pakistan. The program is in the pilot phase, which is taking place in Lahore and Karachi from May 2012 to April 2013.
Goal: “To establish a school quality assessment system for improving learning outcomes and governance of schools” SASI has been designed with a focus on the enhancement of:
SASI has three major components:
Yes, SASI is the best practice of the “School Rating Project” of India which was implemented in 2009 by Micro-Credit Ratings International Limited (M-CRIL) India, pioneers of the microfinance ratings, with the help of a private foundation named Gray Matters Capital (GMC).
The following can be SASI clients:
SASI is restricted to low cost schools charging students up to Rs. 1,000 per month and in some rare cases up to Rs. 3,000 per month.
minimum of 150 students.
Preferably registered schools or schools in the process of being registered.
Preferred where relevant.
SASI would benefit schools in the following ways:
Assessment will be done in 3 working days. However, if need be, additional time will be given to the founders/managers to ensure that their concerns and work is well recorded and presented. The collected data will be analyzed in one week and a comprehensive and readable assessment report will be generated for the review of stakeholders after one month.
All information pertaining to a particular school would be kept confidential and would not be shared with anyone without their permission.
The SASI toolkit assesses the school’s performance in the following dimensions:
Standardized tests are conducted to assess the students’ and teachers’ learning levels of English, Urdu and Mathematics. Moreover, teaching methodologies and practices are evaluated through classroom observations.
Students will be selected randomly from Classes 1 to 10 (depending upon the school level i.e. Primary, Middle or Secondary).
For the pilot phase, there will be no fee charged to the participating institutions. However, there will be a fee once the pilot phase is over. The fee will vary according to the level (primary, middle, or secondary), fee range, enrolment and sponsors of the school (e.g. low cost unaided private schools, aided or foundation assisted schools, trust schools or government schools).