Measuring the learning progress of all children: implications of a citizen-led assessment
Ruth Levine, Director, Global Development and Populations Program, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
Rukmini Banerji, Director, Pratham/ASER
Sara Ruto, Director, Promoting Action for learning Network
Joseph Wales, Research Officer, Politics and Governance, ODI
As a new set of education goals are drafted, improving quality and learning is likely to be more central to the post-2015 global development agenda. One important question to ask is – how can we measure the learning progress of all children? Ten years ago, citizens in India started using basic reading and arithmetic tools at home to systematically assess for themselves what their children are able to do. This citizen-led assessment model collects accurate data on the learning levels of all children through a low-cost, household-based assessment that has been adapted by nine countries across the global south. The results are made available to parents, teachers, civil society, policymakers, and others who are responsible for ensuring that all children are in school and learning.
The panellists at this event will share their first-hand experience implementing this unique education model that exemplifies a different approach to measuring development, explore implications for post-2015, and discuss the links between assessment and action at the country level.
The event will be followed by a drinks reception from 7pm.