The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) in Vietnam implemented a project to improve the quality of the primary teacher training system. The ultimate aim was to provide all children with access to skilled, knowledgeable and committed teachers able to bring new approaches to teaching and learning consistent with emphases in the new curriculum in its two stages. The 2007 survey of Student Achievements in Mathematics and Vietnamese Reading was a national, longitudinal study of student achievements (2001-2007-2011). The 2007 survey is useful in measuring the change in achievement levels from 2001 and is also important in terms of determining the extent to which the new primary curriculum has been adequately covered by Grade 5 students who are the first cohort to have completed the new curriculum. Thus although the survey of 2007 built on and improve on the preceding 2001 benchmark study, it must allow for comparisons to be made in order to assess learning outcomes.

The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) implemented the Primary Education for Disadvantaged Children Project (PEDC) with financing from the International Development Association (IDA), bilateral donor grants and the Government of Vietnam. The objective of the project was to improve access to primary school and the quality of education for disadvantaged girls and boys. The PEDC introduced the concept of Fundamental School Quality Levels (FSQL) in Vietnam. This represented the first step toward achieving national school standards in Vietnam. FSQL defined the minimum package of inputs necessary for providing a quality education at a school, and the basic outcomes that are expected of schools.

The Assignment was to evaluate the Master in Development Economics Program at the National Economics University, Hanoi. The Master in Development Economics (MDE) is a two-year full-time degree taught in English by both Vietnamese lecturers who have been trained abroad and by lecturers visiting from abroad. The curriculum focuses on applying economic theory to the policy challenges facing Vietnam. The project began in 1995, and because financially self-sustainable in 2002. 

The Ministry of Education and Training in Vietnam implemented a 3-year project to improve the quality of the primary teacher training system. This component aimed at revising the regulations and compensation mechanism to enable teachers to provide full day schooling, for schools to teach all subjects in a new primary curriculum and to improve deployment of teachers. The component also aimed at establishing a link between salaries and professional performance as well as ensuring the appropriate appointment, assessment, rewards and sanctions for teachers in schools. The provision of international consultancy services built upon the existing research and consultation plans and provided guidance and technical support for the implementation of the component.

The Master in Development Economics (MDE) is a two-year full-time degree taught in English by Vietnamese lecturers who have been trained abroad and by visiting lecturers from abroad. The curriculum focuses on applying economic theory to the policy challenges facing Vietnam. The project began in 1995, and since 2002 has become financially self-sustainable. The more than 200 alumni are highly valued and work in many Vietnamese Ministries, Institutes and Universities. See www.mde.edu.vn.