EFS envisaged an innovative system for attaining quality in education leading to increased student retention in line with Sustainable Development Goal 4 that demands to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
The Early Grade Assessment (EGA) is EFS’s flagship programme for grades 1 & 2 which assess the students’ current learning levels in literacy and numeracy through a detailed multi-pronged quality analyses of classrooms’ observation during a live session, interviews with teachers and an assessment of current learning levels of students.
The whole approach focuses on the conceptual framework based on three major strands of General Pedagogical Knowledge, Subject Matter Knowledge and Pedagogical Content Knowledge. This helps in understanding professional knowledge base of teachers and their beliefs about teaching, learning and learners.
For this purpose, Learning Objectives (LOs) were identified by working within the framework of National Curriculum, 2006 and using international curriculum research models (including English National Curriculum model). The selected LOs match progressive ‘learning trajectories’ within and across discrete domains of Early Grade literacy and numeracy. The Learning Assessments not only measure and match pupil understandings of those LOs but also provide a source of analysis to capture, interrogate and support (through supplying teachers with specific information to adjust teaching plans) pupil learning progressions.
EFS has recently completed an Early Grades Assessment as a pilot project for selected 60 schools of Sindh Education Foundation in Karachi. The TNA was carried out with more than 2,300 students in two strands of SEF i.e. 25 schools under…