Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) Toolkit, Second Edition in Arabic

The attached document is the Arabic-adapted Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) Toolkit, Second Edition. The Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) Toolkit, Second Edition is the product of ongoing collaboration among a large community of scholars, practitioners, government officials, and education development professionals to advance the cause of early reading assessment and acquisition among primary school children in low-income countries. In the interest of consolidating diverse experiences and developing a reasonably standardized approach to assessing children’s early reading acquisition, this “toolkit,” or user manual, serves as a guide for countries beginning to work with EGRA in such areas as local adaptation of the instrument, fieldwork, and analysis of results This toolkit is intended for use by Ministry or Department of Education staff, donor staff, practitioners, and professionals in the field of education development working specifically in Arabic-speaking contexts. The document seeks to summarize a large body of research in an accessible manner. The procedures described in this toolkit are to be used in all USAID-funded administrations of EGRA and, it is hoped, in all other EGRA administrations as well.

Classroom-up policy change: Early reading and math assessments at work

This article reviews the development of the EGRA and EGMA, which are locally tailored, timely assessments designed to directly inform policy and instruction for learning improvement, particularly for countries on the lower end of the income spectrum. The history of the design and implementation of the tools as well as case studies of their use in Egypt and Kenya, are a useful counterbalance to the experience of the more traditional international large-scale assessments (ILSAs) documented in this special issue—in particular for understanding the needs of countries struggling to transform ‘education for all’ into ‘learning for all’.