USAID/Uganda School Health and Reading Program Cluster 2 Baseline: Lebacoli, Lugbarati, Lumasaba, and Runyoro-Rutoro and English

This report summarizes the findings from a baseline assessment that was conducted in February and March, 2014 to determine the current status of reading achievement in the “Cluster 2” schools in which the Program will be working, as well as achievement in control1 schools that will be used as a basis for comparison in assessing the effectiveness of the interventions. The baseline assessment sets out to answer the following questions in an attempt to lay the foundation for and support a national literacy policy and subsequent reading program in primary schools nationwide. • What is the level of reading achievement among P1 and P32 learners in the local language and in English in Ugandan primary schools? • What is currently happening in P1 reading lessons? • How are teachers and schools supported to teach reading? • What should be the focus of future MoES and stakeholder support for reading?