FSM Research Alliance in Kosrae

The FSM Research Alliance in Kosrae is comprised of members from the Kosrae Department of Education (DOE) and the College of Micronesia-FSM Kosrae Campus. The alliance’s goals are aligned with the Kosrae DOE’s Strategic Plan: strengthening teacher effectiveness, increasing the use of data in decision-making, reducing student and teacher absenteeism, engaging families and communities in student learning, and increasing college readiness and admission by improving student performance. An additional goal of the alliance is to build member capacity to conduct research. Dropout prevention has also been identified as an emerging priority.

Research alliance projects currently underway in Kosrae include:

Benchmarking Education Management Information Systems Across the Federated States of Micronesia 
Description: Through this research project, REL Pacific will help the FSM research alliance and the National Department of Education to develop a comprehensive understanding of its data management system in an effort to better inform education policy and planning. The work builds upon findings resulting from four separate REL Pacific research studies as well as a study at the national level using the same review protocol.

Research Question:

  1. What are the similarities and differences in the quality of education management systems across the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), as measured by the SABER indicators of quality?

The State of Kosrae: Benchmarking Education Management Information Systems in the Federated States of Micronesia
Description: The availability of quality data is critical in order to effectively monitor and report education activities and outcomes. Education management information systems are designed to provide comprehensive, integrated, relevant, reliable, unambiguous, and timely data to education leaders, decision makers, planners, and managers. In the Federated States of Micronesia (Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap), education data have been used primarily for demonstrating compliance with programmatic (e.g., special education) and funding requirements (e.g., U.S. health and education compact funds). The proposed study will provide an assessment and benchmarking of the education data system in use in the Kosrae State Department of Education. This study will complement an effort already underway at the National FSM Department of Education. Concurrent assessment and benchmarking of the state education data systems in the states of Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Yap will be pursued through separate REL Pacific research and evaluation studies.

Research Question:

  1. What is the quality of the education management information system in Kosrae state in the Federated States of Micronesia?

Using Data to Improve the Education Management Information System in Kosrae
Description: Through this technical assistance project, REL Pacific will support the FSM Research Alliance in Kosrae in studying the findings that result from the research study, The State of Kosrae: Benchmarking Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Specifically, research alliance members will learn how to examine data and develop an action plan for improvement.

Research Questions:

  1. How can the recent benchmarking study of Kosrae’s EMIS help inform the development of an action plan for improvement?
  2. What are the steps for developing and implementing an effective action plan for improving Kosrae’s EMIS?

Analysis of the Making Data Meaningful Survey Results for the FSM
Description: The MDM survey, developed by REL Pacific in 2012, gathers information regarding the current state of data from the perspective of education stakeholders. Specifically, the questions on the MDM survey address five elements of effective data use: (a) attitudes and opinions toward data, (b) quality of data management, (c) frequency of data analysis, (d) data-informed decision making, and (e) improving data use. In this technical assistance project, REL Pacific administered the MDM survey to members of the (previously-named) FSM Research Alliance on Strengthening Teacher Effectiveness and Optimizing Data Systems, the staff members of the FSM National K-12 public school system, as well as staff members of all four FSM K-12 public school systems. A report of results was generated and delivered to all members of the FSM research alliances, making this project complete.

Research Questions:

  1. How are data perceived by education stakeholders in the FSM?
  2. In what ways, and how often, are data used within the FSM?
  3. On which specific areas of data use can professional development trainings be focused?

Member organizations:

  • College of Micronesia-Federated States of Micronesia Kosrae Campus
  • Federated States of Micronesia National Department of Education
  • Kosrae State Department of Education

The alliance lead for the FSM Research Alliance in Kosrae is Nitara Dandapani.

Watch a video on projects from the FSM Research Alliance in Kosrae: