Learner Assessment Specialist to Train Ugandan Education Administrators in Competence-Based Assessment Techniques

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program (Fulbright DAST) 2022 Project Information

Project Overview

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Location: Kampala, Uganda

Project Dates: March 18 - April 29, 2022

Project Length: 43 days

Summary: A U.S. secondary-level learner assessment specialist will travel to Uganda to train Ugandan education administrators in competence-based assessment techniques to accompany the roll out of a new lower secondary school curriculum.

Host Institution Information

Name / Department: National Curriculum Development Center / Secondary Department

Type: Agency of Ministry of Education and Sports

Website: https://www.ncdc.go.ug/

About: The National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC) is a corporate autonomous statutory body/agency under the Ugandan Government’s Ministry of Education and Sports (MoE&S) and is responsible for the development of educational curricula and related materials for primary, secondary and some tertiary institutions in Uganda. Its functions include initiating processes for curricula research, review and/or reform, updating, testing and coordinating the implementation of educational curricula at all levels of learning, and sharing guidance for the implementation of improved educational curricula and pedagogy in Ugandan schools.

The selected Fulbright participant will be based at the National Curriculum Development Center.

Project Information

Background: Education is of the utmost importance in Uganda, where youth make up over 70% of the country’s growing population. In February 2021, right before the global Covid-19 pandemic struck, the NCDC launched a new lower secondary school curriculum based on learner-centered pedagogy. As part of this new curriculum, the NCDC called for Ugandan educators to move away from traditional knowledge-based assessment approaches in favor of a competence-based system. However, knowledge of competence-based assessment in Uganda is lacking.

Goals: The Fulbright DAST participant will train administrative staff and advisors at the NCDC (and potentially a select group of teachers), on competence-based assessment techniques, approaches, and methodologies. The Fulbright DAST participant will help the NCDC develop national competence-based assessment curricula, including exam blueprints, assessment resources, and evaluation grids, to accompany their new lower secondary school curriculum.

Activities: Leading seminars, workshops or other teacher professional development for educators; developing academic curricula or educational materials; advising Ministry of Education or other educational institutions on educational policies and projects or participating in educational consultations.

Target Beneficiaries: National Curriculum Development Center staff and select teachers

Qualifications of Selected Applicant

Teaching Level: Secondary (grades 6-12)

Years of Teaching Experience: 3+ years (5+ years preferred)

Subject Area Expertise: Competence-based assessment, curriculum development, and teacher training

Language Requirement: None

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