ERIC Number: ED449299
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
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)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Competency Based Education, Cultural Relevance, Daily Living Skills, Developing Nations, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Literacy, Literacy Education, Numeracy, Postsecondary Education, Program Implementation, Questionnaires, Reading Skills, Sampling, Secondary Education, Surveys, Testing, Writing Skills, Young Adults, Youth
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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).