Aid Afghanistan Education Assessment of Learning Outcomes
This assessment applies to the Aid Afghanistan Education Program (AAE) portion of the project, Strengthening Education in Afghanistan, funded under a cooperative agreement between The Asia Foundation and USAID Afghanistan. It assesses the programmatic impact of AAE's schools for mostly female disadvantaged students, which is defined by research questions relating to the:
- current and future need for AAE schools' services;
- extent that AAE schools create a learning environment that produces effective results;
- extent that AAE-delivered education is commensurate with government-school education; and
- cost-effectiveness of AAE schools.
The AAE Program consists of 13 schools with combined primary and secondary grade levels currently located in Kabul and eight other provinces, mostly, in the North: Badakhshan, Balkh, Bamyan, Ghazni, Jazjan, Parwan, Samangan, and Serepul. All but one school, in Jazjan Province with 114 boys, enrolls girls and young women who have been unable to begin or complete their education in government schools. Total AAE enrollment is 3,500, while the most recent total of actively attending students is 2,786. The assessment team was able to visit seven of the 13 schools, but the short school visits dictated reliance on interviews and observation rather than any testing of student learning. Structured interviews of teachers, principals, students, education officials, and AAE staff produced most data, along with examination of documents, very brief class observations, and impromptu testing of students' English ability. Teachers in some schools provided sample questions used in their subject exams.