Quality of education in Madrasah : main study

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The project commenced in April 2009 and was funded under the Australia-Indonesia Basic Education Program (AIBEP). It was a collaborative task undertaken by the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), Contractor Strategic Advisory Services (CSAS/AusAID), the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), the Indonesian University of Education (Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia; UPI); and the Basic Education Capacity Trust Fund (BEC-TF).


This report covers the main phase of the ‘Quality of Education in Madrasah’ (QEM) study. The study aimed to provide high quality research into various dimensions of quality of education in Madrasah in Indonesia. The focus of the study was on Year 9 students in Madrasah Tsanawiyah (MTs; Islamic Junior Secondary School). Quality of education was measured through: (1) level of student achievement, comparing three regions in the country and to some extent using international benchmarks, as well as the identification of variables that are linked to achievement; (2) students’ views of their schooling experience; and (3) the extent to which madrasahs meet the draft Minimum Service Standards being developed by the Ministry of National Education (MoNE), based on the Board for National Education Standards (Badan Standar Nasional Pendidikan; BSNP).