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About Citizen-led Assessment

Citizen-led assessment is a type of learning assessment model aimed at enabling ordinary people to administer rapid assessments of childrens' foundational reading and arithmetic abilities.

While enrollment in school has increased in developing countries throughout the world, basic reading and math skills are falling short of expectations in many regions.  Citizen-led assessments (CLA) equip volunteers with the tools to assess basic education acquired in the household to ensure that all children are represented. These assessments help to inform parents, teachers and policy makers that in turn lead to action - such as intensive reading and math camps in areas where children are falling behind.

The CLA model is derived from the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) survey, part of the Pratham network in India. ASER was first administered in 2005 and has been conducted every year since by citizen volunteers and local partner organizations around India. ASER's impact has been evident in bringing the problem of the disparity in education, especially in poor, rural areas, to the centre of the education agenda in India. ASER results and related reports have led to significant changed in education policy within India and have influenced other networks to carry out their own similar citizen-led assessments based on their model.

The CLA model has been adapted and implemented by 13 countries, which are part of the People's Action for Learning (PAL) network

Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, India,Kenya, Mail, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda.  The PAL network assesses more than one million children annually.

UNESCO Bangkok, in partnership with ASER and PAL hosted a four-day workshop - An introduction to Citizen-led Assessment in June 2016.  Learn more about the workshop:

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