Vyjayanthi Sankar

    Life Skills Collaborative

    November 13, 2023


    Vyjayanthi is the founder and executive director of the Centre for Science of Student Learning (CSSL) – one of the leading providers of diagnostic assessments across South Asia. CSSL is recognized as a thought leader in educational assessments and their work on measuring Social Emotional Learning is pioneering globally. The organization works in India and globally on diagnostic educational assessments and building institutional capacity for the same. 

    A Fulbright Humphrey fellow and an Ashoka fellow, Vyjayanthi regularly consults at the global level for the Brookings Institution, The World Bank, UNICEF and several national governments across South Asia and about 21 governments in Eastern and Southern Africa.  In India, Vyjayanthi is a member of MoE’s technical committees for National assessments and learning outcome indicators, Government of India’s SSA Joint Review Missions. She has served on the advisory board of the Educational Survey Division of NCERT, India. Vyjayanthi also advises the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE) in its efforts to improve teacher quality across the country through TET and other reforms. 

    Vyjayanthi specializes in psychometrics, modern Item Response Theory, and diagnostic assessments in multiple languages for academic and social-emotional learning domains. In the last 2 decades, she has pioneered several large-scale assessment studies in India and South Asia. Her insights are derived from over 150 large-scale assessment projects covering more than 25 million students.


    "The educational systems should rely on three solid foundations: enhancing values, life skills, and formal educational curriculum. Each of these bases completes the other, none of them can stand on its own. "

    - Noora Ahmed Alsuwaidi