National Testing Center in Tajikistan

Project Overview

Project Title National Testing Center in Tajikistan
Project Number P097176
Country Tajikistan
Overall Project Value(EUR) 500 001 - 1 000 000
Project Start – Project End March 5, 2013–October 12, 2014
Project Status Closed

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding World Bank
Project Budget(EUR) 930,000
Implementing Organization / Consortium

National Testing Center

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

Project Coordinator: S. Safarov

All activities were coordinated and supported by David Hawker, international consultant, and a group of experts from Anglia Assessment Ltd.

• Algirdas Zabulionis: General planning, plenary sessions, working group for mathematics

• Kestutis Bredelis: Working group for native language

• Evaldas Bakonis: Working group for history

• George Bettel: Working group for chemistry, physics, geography, and biology

• Mr. Jeffrey Stanford: Working groups for foreign languages (English, German and French)


Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

The main goals of the National Testing Center (NTC) will be to administer reliable and valid forms of assessment including: University admission tests, summative assessments at selected grade levels, and sample-based assessments. These tests will be used to support the MoE’s goal of improving the quality of teaching and learning and introducing more equitable mechanisms in the entrance to universities. In terms of funding, it was agreed that donors and the state budget would provide funding for the NTC establishment and its operations during the first 4 years on sliding scale basis.

Project Objectives

The objective of the NTC is to institutionalize fair and transparent assessments that will be used for improving learning outcomes and addressing issues of equity.

– To assist the National Testing Center in developing the capacity of teams of item writers, experts who have much needed scientific and methodological backgrounds for involvement in development of check lists for tests on school program subjects and who can provide informational, technical, and analytical support to the NTC;

– Information campaigns to prepare the community to accept the centralized testing system as a means for objectively assessing student knowledge and one which corresponds to the principles of openness and transparency of the examination process.

Education Sector HE
Components of the Education Process Examination, certification and accreditation, Quality assurance, Standards and curriculum development, Training of teachers / trainers
Occupational Field Not applicable
Target Groups Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers
Related Projects

National Quality Education Program


• Discuss the introduction of a unified system of examinations for admission to higher educational institutions, testing system implementation policy, test form and structure, and the use of test results by tertiary institutions; test administration; technical equipment; the subject content of tests; awareness campaigns; and school interventions

• Assist NTC management in planning of NTC activities

• Develop training programs for the working groups, the developers of tests and examination programs

Project Results

• The activities contributed to the development of the qualification, skills and knowledge of NTC staff and test developers, and the motivation of all stakeholders to achieve effectiveness at every stage of project implementation.

• The tests developed have dual pedagogical objectives – the promotion of good and effective learning and simultaneously serving as measurement tools.

• The characteristics of the test measurement can be understood using the most widely used theory, “the classic theory of tests,” which is based on scientific principles and statistical models.

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