On October 7, 2021, the webinar was held on the topic: «Solutions based on data in education: lessons from Kazakhstan», which discussed the Kazakhstani experience of cooperation with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), as well as the reforms in the educational system of Kazakhstan over the past 10 years.
The webinar was held in the form of video conferencing under Andreas Schleicher’s moderation, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills (OECD) with the participation of Askhat Aimagambetov, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Madina Tynybayeva, President of JSC «Information and Analytical Center» (IAC) and Aida Sagyntayeva, Dean of Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education.
The Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan Askhat Aimagambetov noted that the Kazakhstani’s experience of cooperating with the OECD has a long history. Since 2007 Kazakhstan has implemented 10 country profiles on all levels of education and science. Since 2012 the country has been actively participating in OECD international comparative studies – the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) and the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). The ongoing work allowed Kazakhstan to become a member of two OECD Committees in 2017 – the Committee for Education and the Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy.
The coordination of this work is carried out by IAC. Over the past 10 years, IAC has been at the center of reforming the Kazakhstani educational trajectory as well as formed a reputation in the international arena. The Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan Askhat Aimagambetov highlighted that IAC plays a key role in the development of the education system based on accurate data by using reliable methods of data collection, analysis and subsequent implementation.
Aida Sagintayeva, Dean of Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education, also confirmed that the data and reports formed by IAC are a useful source of information for teaching staff as well as for undergraduates and doctoral students in such disciplines as «Research Methods», «Educational Reforms and Context in Kazakhstan», «Globalization of Education». IAC promotes the development of research and reforms in Kazakhstan through a deep analysis of the prospects of the Kazakh context.
During the webinar, it was noted that the ongoing work allows Kazakhstan to become a regional leader in the Central Asian region in the field of data collection, analysis and dissemination.