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ERIC Number: ED449299
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Pages: 106
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Assessing Basic Learning Competencies among Youth and Young Adults in Developing Countries: Analytic Survey Framework and Implementation Guidelines. EFA 2000 Assessment Surveys Report.
Wagner, Dan; Sabatini, John; Gal, Iddo
This report describes a low-cost, adaptable methodology for assessment of basic learning competencies (BLCs) in diverse cultural contexts. Following the introduction, section 2 provides a policy framework and covers priority populations; policy and assessment needs; challenges for policy-driven assessments; and questions policymakers might have. Section 3 is on defining BLCs addresses challenges; direct and indirect measures; conceptual overview of assessment matrix; and defining literacy, numeracy, and life skills. Section 4, on sampling and survey design, contains the proposed low-cost BLC household survey design, case illustrations, and principles for conducting a successful survey. Section 5 presents an assessment model for measuring BLCs. It addresses levels of BLC skills and reading, writing, numeracy, and life skills assessment. Section 6 discusses these challenges that arise and options that must be considered when implementation and capacity are applied to BLC assessment: design decisions and options for BLC surveys; recruiting and training personnel; test development, pretesting, and pilot studies; ensuring quality of data collection; data processing and analysis; and reporting and dissemination. Section 7 recommends follow-up steps. Appendixes include 12 tables; 27 references; sample items for assessment model; case studies of previous household surveys with components similar to the BLC model; and a sample survey form from the Zimbabwe household literacy survey. (YLB)
International Literacy Institute, University of Pennsylvania, 3910 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3111; Tel: 215-898-4539; Fax: 215-898-9804; E-mail: smith@literacy.upenn.edu; Web site: http://litserver.literacy.upenn.edu/pubs.html (Occasional Paper: OP99-0; $11.00). For full text: http://literacyonline.org/products/ili/pdf/OP9901.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).; International Literacy Inst., Philadelphia, PA.
Note: Final Report Based on Expert Workshop for EFA2000 (Philadelphia, PA, April 12-14, 1999).