Successful Midyear Assessment

January 27, 2016

January 7, 2016, 80 additional laptops were hand carried to Liberia by the Innovative Education Liberia (IEL) team of Gary Friesen, Elijah Tarpeh, and Leon Amstutz. Alex Quiah joined the team in Sinoe County, where mid-year testing was performed in eight schools participating in the Samuel Morris Scholars Program pilot. Initial results show positive gains by the students using KA-Lite to learn mathematics.  Following end-of-year testing in May, a complete report will be released by Northwest Nazarene University, the agent contracted to assess the program.

The IEL team spent the second week in Monrovia, extending the pilot to two urban schools – College of West Africa (CWA) High School and Matilda Newport Junior High. CWA was provided a new laptop computer lab, and their math teachers were trained in the use of KA-Lite. All CWA 10th and 11th grade students will be using KA-Lite in their math classes for second semester. Students from both schools took the assessments to establish baseline competencies. Matilda Newport students will be used as the control group for this semester. They will receive their new computer lab in September.

During IEL’s two-week engagement, a total of 544 students were assessed using the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) MAP computer-based test and the arithmetic & pre-algebra paper-based diagnostic test. Additional information and photographs can be found in this trip report, Liberia January 2016 Report.