ACER India is an independent, not-for-profit research organisation providing world class research, educational products and services to India and the South Asia region. ACER’s mission is to create and promote research-based knowledge, products and services that can be used to improve learning across the life span.
The word aser means impact in Hindustani. If development programs are to lead to desired outcomes, their impact on the ground needs to be regularly assessed. ASER Centre seeks to use simple yet rigorous methods to generate evidence on the outcomes of social sector programs. It also aims to strengthen the link between evidence and action by building the capacity of individuals and institutions to design, conduct, and understand assessments that focus on key outcome indicators. Large sums of money are often channeled into social sector programs such as education, health, nutrition, and livelihoods. However, lack of information on how these investments translate into outcomes on the ground is a major barrier to evaluating their effectiveness. The ASER Centre approach has its roots in Pratham‘s work across urban and rural India to help children acquire basic skills in reading and arithmetic, and aims to improve assessment strategies that measure the effectiveness and learning outcomes of the students.
- Bihar Elementary School Study: A school-based assessment of about 60,000 Std 2, Std 4 and Std 6 children in 400 schools located in 79 clusters across all districts of Bihar.
- USAID-RTI Asia Early Grade Reading Assessment in India
National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT)
NCERT is an autonomous organisation set up in 1961 by the Government of India to assist and advise the Central and State Governments on policies and programmes for qualitative improvement in school education. The objectives of NCERT are to: undertake, promote and coordinate research in areas related to school education; prepare and publish textbooks, supplementary material, newsletters, journals and develop educational kits, multimedia digital materials, etc. organise teacher training; develop and disseminate innovative educational practices; collaborate and network with state educational departments, universities, NGOs and other educational institutions; act as a clearing house for ideas and information in matters related to school education; and act as a nodal agency for achieving the goals of Universalisation of Elementary Education. NCERT is an implementation agency for bilateral cultural exchange programmes with other countries in the field of education. NCERT also interacts and works in collaboration with international organisations, visiting foreign delegations and offers various training facilities to educational personnel from developing countries.
- National Achievement Survey (http://www.ncert.nic.in/programmes/NAS/NAS.htm)
- National Talent Search Examination
- All India School Education Survey
What is ICAN? It is a cross-national, comparative assessment tool a developed and implemented by the People’s Action for Learning Network member countries. Learn more about ICAN and how it can help ensure every child is learning throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and in the future.
The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) will soon be contacting countries to request information about the impact of the pandemic on the national statistical operations, including international reporting. The responses will allow the UIS and donor agencies to design mitigation and assistance strategies, which will be beneficial for Member States and other stakeholders.