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Moving Beyond “Business as Usual” to Measure Student Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Nepal's Classroom-Based Early Grade Reading Assessment
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An Uzbek student showcasing a school book.
Uzbekistan Stories
December 22, 2022

The Government of Uzbekistan's Ministry of Public Education conducted a national Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) and math assessment in 2021 with support from USAID.

Moving beyond reading fluency to reading comprehension in Kyrgyz Republic with Okuu Keremet!
Kyrgyz Republic Stories
August 30, 2022

In partnership with Kyrgyz Republic’s Ministry of Education and Science and local stakeholders, USAID’s Okuu Keremet! (“Learning is Awesome!”) project is improving learning outcomes in reading and math for students in grades 1-4 in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Resilience in Crisis: First indications of why children’s reading scores increased during the COVID-19 pandemic in Cambodia
Cambodia Stories
April 19, 2022

During a pandemic, it would be understandable to expect student learning loss during disruptions to education due to school closures. However, the USAID All Children Reading—Cambodia (ACR—Cambodia), COVID-19 Impact on Learning study found that first grade students continued to develop early literacy skills during the pandemic, performing better on some skills than they did in pre-pandemic 2019.

Literacy in Afghanistan was Improving
Afghanistan Stories
March 15, 2022

Despite the long-term and more recent challenges faced in Afghanistan, USAID’s efforts contributed to increases in literacy among adults ages 15 to 24.

How Data Informs the Journey
January 21, 2022

On January 18, 2022, the USAID’s Bureau for Asia collaborated with RTI International to reflect on the journey of early grade reading around the globe.

Introducing the Early Grade Reading Barometer
January 5, 2022

Welcome to the new Early Grade Reading Barometer! We've redesigned to better serve the education community by providing easy access to high quality data. It's now easier than ever to find results from reading programs and assessments from around the globe.

Children studying in classroom
Nepal Stories
May 7, 2021

The USAID Nepal Early Grade Reading Program provides technical support to the Government of Nepal’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology’s (MoEST) National Early Grade Reading Program (NEGRP). The program’s goal is to improve reading fluency and comprehension among children in grades 1-3.

Children reading books outdoors
Pakistan News
May 7, 2021

The Pakistan Reading Project (PRP) was a $165 million, seven-year initiative launched in July of 2013. The project aimed to improve the quality of early grade reading instruction for 1.3 million public and private primary school students across Pakistan by focusing on three components…

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