National Assessment System for Monitoring Learner Achievement (NASMLA)

Provide empirical evidence to policy makers to allow for formulation of appropriate interventions.
Evaluate the education system at various levels of basic education


The Sessional Paper No.1 of 2005 on “A Policy Framework for Education, Training and Research” recommended, among other things, the establishment of a National Assessment System for Monitor Learner Achievement (NASMLA) in basic education. Consequently, the Ministry of Education established the National Assessment Centre (NAC) and domiciled it at KNEC.

The National Assessment Centre was mandated to carry out National Assessments/Monitoring Learner Achievement (MLA) studies under the NASMLA Framework, which was developed in 2007. The NASMLA framework is guided by the best practice conceptual principles of assessment, the National Values and principles of governance under Article 10 and the Values and Principles of Public Service under Article 232 of the Constitution of Kenya (2010). It also takes into account the best interests of the child under Article 53 of the Constitution of Kenya (2010).

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MLA studies are cyclic in nature. They are conducted after every three ( 3) years. Representative samples of 250 – 300 schools, and 25 learners per school are randomly selected. Apart from achievement tests, background questionnaires are administered to collect data on predictors of learning.


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NASMLA Grade 3