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Ketevan Chachkhiani

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Graduate Assistant/Associate, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1811
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Educational Policy and Evaluation
MaryLouFulton Teachers College


Ketevan Chachkhiani is a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Policy and Evaluation at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University.  She holds MA degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in International Educational Development. Before this, Ketevan obtained her MA degree in Political Science from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Ketevan is a recipient of the Noel Chadwin Gray Scholarship, Open Society Institute, and Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia scholarships for undertaking doctoral- and master-level studies.  

Ketevan has extensive experience in educational policy and administration in Georgia and other post-Socialist Countries. She served as a technical director for the USAID-funded Georgia Primary Education Program. Before that, she was a vice-principal at an international British School in Tbilisi, Georgia, as well as served as a Public Relations Department head at the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia.  Ketevan also led several higher and general education programs at International Research and Exchanges Board and Liberty Institue, a Georgian NGO. Since 2008 Ketevan has worked as an international and national consultant for various USAID, EU, World Bank, and UNICEF-funded programs in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Georgia. As part of her most recent consulting assignment with the World Bank and Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, she supported the Ministry in developing a long-term national strategy and a 2-year action plan in general education.

Ketevan's research and professional interests are K-12 education policy and evaluation, teacher policies, educational change, school leadership, educational evaluation,  post-Socialist transformations, large-scale international assessments, globalization, and international policy agendas in education. Ketevan has published research studies in peer-reviewed journals in the field of education in the US. She has also authored several books and book chapters both in Georgian and English languages.


Pivovarova, M., Powers, J. M., & Chachkhiani, K. (2021). Is youth pessimism good for the environment? Insights from PISA 2015. Education Policy Analysis Archives29, 126.

Tabatadze, S. & Chachkhiani, K. (In Press). University-based Research in Georgia. In University Research Capacity in Post-Soviet Eurasia. Palgrave McMillan Publishing.

Silova, I., Millei, Z., Chachkhiani, K., Palandjian, G., & Vitrukh, M. (2021). Post-Socialist Transformations in Comparative International Education: Monuments, Movements, and Metamorphoses. In The Bloomsbury Handbook of Theory in Comparative and International Education. Bloomsbury Publishing.

Tabatadze, S., & Chachkhiani, K. (2020). COVID-19 and Emergency Remote Teaching in the Country of Georgia: Catalyst for Educational Change and Reforms in Georgia?. Educational Studies, 1-17.

Garcia, D., Laczko-Kerr, I., Chachkhiani, K., Gibbs, N.P.,  Halkiyo, A., Kim, W.Y., Olsen, N., Rodriguez Martinez, S., Tewari, N. R., Vitrukh, M.  (2020.) Evaluation report of the Professional Pathways Program for Mesa Public Schools. Mesa Public Schools.

Chachkhiani, K., Goebel, J., Gong, B., Palandjian, G., Pretti, E., Silova, I., Vitrukh, M. (2019). Education and Storytelling for Earthly Survival: ‘Becoming-With’ Donna Haraway. (A Sympoietic Movie Review). Comparative Education Review, 63(3), 457-459

Chachkhiani, K. (2015). Leading teacher learning circles: Guide for facilitators. (2nd ed). Tbilisi: USAID Georgia Primary Education Project.

Chachkhiani, K. (2015). School-based teacher evaluation system: Guide for school principals (2nd ed). Tbilisi: USAID Georgia Primary Education Project.

Kobakhidze, N., Chachkhiani, K., Gabashvili, M. (2011). Guide for School Principals. Tbilisi: National Centre for Teacher Professional Development.

Chachkhiani, K. and Tabatadze, S. (2010). Instructional Leadership - Guide for School Administrators. Tbilisi: Centre for Civil Integration and Interethnic Relations.

Steiner-Khamsi, G. and Chachkhiani, K. (2008). Donor involvement analysis in education sector development in Kyrgyzstan: Analysis and Recommendations. Bishkek: UNICEF Kyrgyzstan.

Steiner-Khamsi, G., Harris-Van Keuren, C., Silova, I. & Chachkhiani, K. (2008). Decentralization and recentralization reforms: Their impact on teacher salaries in the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Mongolia. UNESCO.

Chachkhiani, K. (2007). Teacher salary reform in Georgia. Integrative Project. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.

Chachkhiani, K. (2007). Education Sector Review: Georgia. Research conducted at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.

Chachkhiani, K. (2007). Public financing of general education in Georgia: Equity concerns. Research conducted at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

Chachkhiani, K., Narindoshvili, M., Gogelia, V., Tutberidze, T., Zurabishvili, T., Gabisonia, T., Matiashvili, A. & Turmanidze, K. (2007). School management guide. Tbilisi: Liberty Institute.

Chachkhiani, K. (2006). Education vouchers in Georgia: Concerns and possible solutions. Research conducted at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.

Narindoshvili, M., Chachkhiani, K., Janashia, N. & Tsagareishvili, M. (2006). University Management Guide. Tbilisi: Liberty Institute.

Chachkhiani, K. (2005). The Role of the Educational System in the Process of Civil Integration, in The Role of Educational System in the Process of Integration of Ethnic Minorities: Perspectives from Governmental and Nongovernmental Sectors, Tbilisi, CTC Georgia.