INOVASI Program Achievement 2016-2020 (Phase I)

INOVASI is a partnership between the Governments of Australia (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade/DFAT) and Indonesia (Ministry of Education and Culture). INOVASI also works with the Ministry of Religious Affairs and a range of non-governmental organisations, including Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Ma’arif and Muhammadiyah. The goal of the program is to accelerate progress towards improved learning outcomes for Indonesian students. It focuses on three sub-topics of investigation: quality of teaching in the classroom; quality of support for teachers; and learning for all. The first phase of the program commenced on 18 January 2016 and concludes on 30 June 2020.

Infographic: Leading a Generation of Learners

Indonesia has made considerable improvements in access to basic education. Government spending has doubled over the past 15 years, and enrolment in primary education is almost 100%. Despite more children having access to learning opportunities, this has not yet resulted in better learning outcomes. International and national tests comparing student knowledge and skills in basic literacy and numeracy show that Indonesian students underperform compared with their regional and global peers.
Strong school leadership and teaching is essential for improving student learning outcomes. INOVASI pre-pilot activities in 2017 and 2018 revealed the low level of teaching competency in Indonesian primary schools, resulting in low learning outcomes for children.
When it comes to school leadership, pre-pilot activities in 2018, particularly in West Sumba, found that principals and supervisors tend to focus more on administration and management rather than on educational leadership and learning. What is expected of a principal on paper and in reality can be quite different.

Infographic: Preparing a generation for the 21st century – The case for improving early grade literacy and numeracy

Indonesia has made considerable improvements in access to basic education. Government spending has doubled over the past 15 years, and enrolment in primary education is almost 100%. Despite more children having access to learning opportunities, this has not yet resulted in better learning outcomes. International and national tests comparing student knowledge and skills in basic literacy and numeracy show that Indonesian
students underperform compared with their regional and global peers.
When it comes to building and sustaining a national literacy movement in a country with great geographic and cultural diversity, challenges abound. Many Indonesian children in grades one to three are failing to grasp the basics of reading, leading to a range of learning issues in later primary school and early high school.

The Innovation for Indonesia’s School Children (INOVASI) program, an Australia – Indonesia government partnership, is seeking to understand what does and doesn’t work to improve student learning outcomes in diverse schools and districts across Indonesia. 2018 baseline data1 from across INOVASI partner districts in East Java, North Kalimantan, West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara paints a picture of learning outcome quality. Data was collected using a Student Learning Assessment (SLA) tool. The SLA measures student literacy learning outcomes and covers math and Indonesian language tests for first to fifth grade students. It is designed to primarily evaluate the eectiveness of both INOVASI and KIAT Guru’s education interventions.