The Saudi Arabian government is looking to reform its education system with the help of experts at Indiana University. The Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at IU’s School of Education will focus on designing and conducting a series of evaluation projects for the Saudi government. These projects will help that government’s 45 school districts evaluate leaders, principals, teachers and the districts themselves.Challenges like communication, funding and local leadership are handled by Saudi Arabia’s Public Education Evaluation Commission. Marcey Moss is co-director of the Saudi Arabia Project at the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy.
The group has delivered their results, but Moss says they can’t be shared because of confidentiality agreements between the Saudi government and the CEEP. Moss says that eventually, in a year or two, the Saudi Arabian government will take over with evaluations of their own. Those evaluations will be an amalgamation of all that the international team helped to develop.