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Assessing the Quality of Education

On January 14th, the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) was released in India.

ASER is coordinated through Pratham, one of India’s largest nongovernmental organizations. ASER is unique in that it uses a network of volunteers to gather information across 600 school districts of India. The approach of using volunteers to assist with school assessment has been praised as it is not only quite cost effective but also increases the involvement of citizens—community members and parents—in school concerns. This model is taking root in other nations as well, including Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

To learn more about the results of ASER and the volunteer model, go to

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