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Education Quality across Indonesia's Districts: Estimations from a Policy Experiment

In this paper, Goldy and Daniel take advantage of a government policy to change the mode of the national examination administration, from paper-based to computer-based testing, to estimate the quality of education in Indonesia at the district level. The esults indicate that education quality across the country's districts is highly heterogeneous. The gap in results between the highest-scoring and lowest-scoring districts shows that children in the latter have been attending schools for nine years with minimal learning outcomes.

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Making Public Schools Less Selective: Implications for Equity and Learning in Indonesia

The RISE Programme applies systems thinking to education. We seek to understand why learning outcomes in a particular school, district, or country are poor, and why the (system) conditions causing these low learning levels exist. This understanding can then inform attempts to realign the relationships in the education system to be coherent for learning, meaning that every component works together with the goal of improving learning for all.

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Investigating Districts’ Responses toward Decentralised Education

In the era of regional autonomy, efforts to improve the quality of education are no longer limited to the central government's responsibility. Local governments that are authorized to manage elementary schools (SD) and junior high schools (SMP) have a major role in providing quality education for their communities. Through researches conducted by RISE Programme in several regions in Indonesia, we want to see districts’ responses toward decentralised education.

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The Importance of Numeracy and Literacy Skills as A Life-skill Competency - Dr. Rahmawati

Dr. Rahmawati, S.T., M.Ed. is the Coordinator for Analysis and Utilization of Assessment Results, Center for Assessment and Learning (Ministry of Education and Culture). She shared a message about the importance of literacy and numeracy skills as a life-skill competency for Indonesian children.

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The Role of Research in Accelerating the Basic Education Development in Kebumen - The Head of Education Agency, Kebumen District

Amirudin, S.IP., M.M., the Head of Education Agency of Kebumen District, expressed his appreciation for the research conducted by SMERU (RISE Programme in Indonesia). He said that research ideas from RISE are important for education issues in Kebumen. RISE conducts a reseacrh in education policy in Kebumen District to support evidence-based policy.

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Using Research Results in Policy-making Process - The Head of Education Agency, Yogyakarta City

The Head of Education Agency of Yogyakarta City Budi Santosa Asrori, S.E., M.Si. appreciates the collaboration between the RISE Programme in Indonesia and the Education Agency of Yogyakarta City. RISE conducts a reseacrh in education policy in Yogyakarta City to support evidence-based policy.

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Innovations, Practices, and Mechanisms for Community Involvement in Development Evaluation

Niken Rarasati, a researcher of RISE Programme in Indonesia (RISE), spoke about her experiences working with local governments in addressing educational problems at the “Innovations, Practices, and Mechanisms for Community Involvement for Development Evaluation” webinar held by Tifa Foundation. Niken talked about participatory diagnostic, design, evaluation, and adaptation processes to overcome educational problems at the local level.

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