EAP-ECDS Validation Workshop
Since 2010, Mongolia team actively contributed to the development & adaptation of testing tools of The East-Asia Pacific Early Childhood Development Scale (EAP-ECDS) and conducted a pilot studies on EAP-ECDS in the country.
EAP-ECDS is a regional, East-Asia Pacific instrument for measuring early childhood development (spanning the ages 3-5 years old) to be used for population level assessments – for tracking progress at a national level and for examining inequities within countries as a function of factors such as location or ethnicity, and if desired, for making comparisons among countries. The list of indicators that forged the EAP-ECDS scale was initially the national Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS) for what children should know and be able to do at various ages developed in 7 countries. Since late 2010, ARNEC and a team of multi-disciplinary academics from the University of Hong Kong have been supported and funded by UNICEF and the Open Society Foundation to forge a validated assessment tool for the aforementioned purposes.
The University of Hong Kong and ARNEC jointly conducted EAP-ECDS validation workshop from 25 to 27 February, 2013, at the University of Hong Kong, SAR, China. Behalf of ECDS-Mongolia team Ms. Myagmar (Ministry of Education and Science), Ms. Mongolkhatan G., (Institute of Education) and Ms. Tsendsuren T., (UNICEF Mongolia ) participated in the workshop and did a video presentation on pilot studies of the EAP-ECDS in Mongolia and shared a testing experiences to all participants..
The agenda of the EAP-ECDS workshop was as follows. On day one, the participants gathered the importance of closely following the requirements for the administration and scoring of the EAP-ECDS as a region-specific tool, providing their feedback on country sampling plans and test administration matters. On day two, the participants were formally introduced to the EAP-ECDS test kit and received detailed orientation on the administration procedures using demonstration videos from the some participating countries, and discussed the adaptation of the test for contextual relevance. Issues pertinent to test scoring were also laid out and debated. On day three, the seven country teams implementing the EAP-ECDS stepped forward to further plan a timeline.
The three day EAP-ECDS workshop ended on a positive note, with a representative from UNICEF EAPRO reiterating the organization‟s commitment to the initiative as a major undertaking for research, advocacy and policy making for early childhood development both in the East-Asia Pacific region and beyond. A final, refined frame scope of the EAP-ECDS was also noted to be disseminated to participating countries in the coming days as the country teams begin or continue to work to ensure effective data collection in line with the recommended time frame for the project deliverables to be met.