The entitlement of every child to a good school makes it imperative that all stakeholders know “what good schools look like”. For schools this implies that they be open to strategies for development opportunities that enable them to adapt and improve. However, schools have resisted change, remaining embedded in a practice that continues to treat knowledge as a constant. Consequently, assessments of school effectiveness often highlight shocking deficiencies in student performance with few schools empowered to get better. And so far large-scale reform by both government and non-government agencies and interventions has yet to make an appreciable impact.
Adhyayan – a social enterprise - set up by Kavita Anand, has responded to this challenge by developing a generic global standard, based on international inspection regimes. Schools review their own performance against six key performance areas (KPAs). The design of the intervention has enabled schools to know themselves and accelerate their improvement.
Kavita Anand, an Ashoka fellow is a post-graduate in counseling and education psychology and has been engaged in the field of education for over 2 decades. She has assumed a range of roles with organizations such as Aga Khan Education Services and the Sir Ratan Tata trust amongst others. In her last role, as the Executive Director she set up Shishuvan - an acclaimed ICSE school in Mumbai, where she was responsible for all activities from the classroom to the boardroom. She is currently the resource person on the NUEPA-NCTL programme on Leadership Development supported by UKIERI and MHRD.She also serves on the academic council of the SomaiyaVidyavihar and is on the board of the Somaiya B.Ed College and School, Don Bosco International school, ApniShala and the India School Leadership Institute. In 2011 along with Spokey Wheeler she established Adhyayan with an objective to make the journey from knowledge to implementation of quality educational practices possible for all schools across the country.
Dr. Nargis Panchapakesan is retired Professor of Education from the University of Delhi and previously held the post of Dean, Faculty of Education. Her major interests have been in the areas of elementary education, science education and evaluation. She has a PHd in Education from the University of Chicago where she worked on the Rasch Model as a Mental Model for Measurement. She was a member of the NCERT focus group on Examination Reform (NCF, 2005).Since retiring, she has consulted with governmental and non-governmental organisations in the areas of assessment and evaluation. She has been a member of the CABE (Central Advisory Board of Education) Sub-Committee and also been associated with the governance of some educational institutions.