About Project

The project Improving educational effectiveness of primary schools (IEEPS) is granted by the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) of the European Commission, subprogramme Comenius – Comenius multilateral project. The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) has registered the project as 538992-LLP-1-2013-1-RS-COMENIUS-CMP.

Duration of the Project

December 1st, 2013 until May 30th, 2017.

Partners of the Project

The project is realized by the Faculty of Education (Univeristy of Kragujevac, Jagodina, Serbia), KU Leuven University (Leuven, Belgium), University of Cyprus (Nicosia, Cyprus), the Insitute for Educational Research (Belgrade, Serbia), National Examinations Centre (Ljubljana, Slovenia), primary School “Jelena Ćetković” (Belgrade, Serbia) and C’ Makedonitissa’s Primary School (Nikosia, Cyprus).

Description of the project

Both Europe 2020 and ET 2020 aim to improve pupil progression to higher levels of learning and schooling. In other words, pupil learning gains in school must be higher. This can be accomplished if schools knew:

  1. what their own contribution to pupil learning was, net of other factors (e.g. pupil SES);
  2. what pedagogical and organizational approaches they use were effective or ineffective, and
  3. how they could change them in practice.

Unfortunately, many schools do not receive proper assessment of their performance, as it is rather data- and capacity-demanding; they are confused about what the most effective practices are, as research is rather fragmented; and they do not get proper training for improvement of the relevant teaching and schooling factors.

Our project addresses these issues in the following way. First, for 125 schools, it uses resources from several countries to ensure net pupil learning gains (value-added) in mathematics and natural sciences over a four year period in ISCED 2; this will simultaneously provide schools with individual school performance feedback (SPF) reports and refine the utilized SPF system. Second, the project uses comprehensive, dynamic model of educational effectiveness to guide data collection and multilevel analyses in order to identify effective generic teacher and school practices; this will result in the effectiveness handbook with practical advice for schools, while also building consensus within the fragmented research field. Third, the project provides intense, year-long professional development of school staff in 80 schools in Belgium, Cyprus and Serbia that aims to improve those identified effective variables.

It is envisaged that this project will impact school staff in over 200 schools (especially those in professional development), policy makers, as well as researchers who will be able to improve their systems and models to make them applicable in a variety of educational settings throughout Europe.