From Schooling to Learning in India: How Can We Take Everyone Along?

In a crowded room, deep in rural Bihar in eastern India, a heated discussion was going on. Most people in the room were officials of the government education department; each person in the room was responsible for “supervising” 15 to 20 public primary schools. Like in other parts of India, enrollment levels were well above 90% but attendance was a problem.

In Celebration of Scale

Ten years ago, Pratham developed a revolutionary approach to assessing children’s reading and math achievement when it launched a nation-wide household survey called the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER). As we’ve reported elsewhere, every year ASER tests children on their ability to read simple second grade level text and compute simple arithmetic up to fourth grade level.