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The foundational learning data challenge: A civil society view from the Global South

Suman Bhattacharjea, Director (Research), ASER Centre co-wrote a blog with Ariel Fiszbein, Chair, Board of Directors, PAL Network. It addresses the scarcity of internationally comparable data on early-grade literacy and numeracy. Also, highlights the efforts of organizations like the Pratham Education Foundation and the PAL Network, emphasizing initiatives such as the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) and Citizen-Led Assessments (CLAs) to bridge this data gap.

“In 2019, supported by a Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) global grant, PAL Network, Pratham Education Foundation in India and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) began work on developing the next entrant to the PAL toolkit of common assessments. While ICAN mirrored the original CLA vision of assessing foundational skills among school-aged children (age group 5-16), the Early Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (PAL-ELANA) focuses on children in the age group of 4-10 years, looking specifically at children’s acquisition of pre- and foundational literacy and numeracy skills in the period that bridges SDG target 4.2 (early childhood education) and SDG indicator 4.1.1a (grades 2/3 of primary education)."

Published on UNESCO’s World Education Blog. Read the full article: https://world-education-blog.org/2023/12/06/the-foundational-learning-data-challenge-a-civil-society-view-from-the-global-south/