The Bangladesh Innovation for Improving Early Grade Reading Activity (IIEGRA) was a 3-year USAID program implemented in Cox’s Bazar and Khagrachari from 2015 to 2018, led by BRAC.
The goal of the program was to improve student reading outcomes in the early grades through expansion of and access to basic, high-quality instruction in mother tongue.
IIEGRA was prepared by the BRAC Institute of Educational Development (BIED) in consultation with Save the Children (STC) and USAID. Save the Children’s approach to early grade reading is called Literacy Boost, which only assesses students for oral reading fluency, accuracy, and reading comprehension if they were able to correctly read five words of the reading passage in the first 30 seconds. This represents 58% of the grade 1 sample, 79% of the grade 2 sample, and 91% percent of the grade 3 sample. In other words, 42%, 21% and 9% of students in grades 1, 2, and 3 respectively, were non-readers who did not score well enough to be tested.
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