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In case you missed it...

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Watch : ​ASER by Std V students in Delhi​ ( ~ 8 m)

ASER in their neighourhood: ASER done by Std V students in Delhi

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Listen to Rukmini Banerji's podcast on 'Monitoring Schooling and Learning across India.' To download the podcast for free, click here.

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In April of 2014, ASER Centre/ Pratham in partnership with the Bihar Government conducted a school-based assessment of children's learning in every district in Bihar. ASER and Pratham teams from all over India were joined by representatives from the government from every district for this exercise - a total of 200 people lead this effort. Check out our from field photo gallery here. Read our from-field stories here.

SCERT training centre in Patna

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Earlier this year, ASER Centre put together a report comparing the purpose, design and methodology of the only two large-scale assessments studies in India - ASER Centre's Annual Status of Education Report Survey and NCERT's National Achievement Survey. Click here for the report.

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Disruptive Learning in 45 Days : A TED talk by Dr Rukmini Banerji at TEDx Bangalore in April 2013.  

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ASER 2012 findings have been extensively mentioned in the latest Economic Survey 2012-13. View Chapter 13, on Human Development, of the report here.

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ASER Centre is partnering in a winning Grand Challenges Explorations grant which was awarded to The University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM).The grant was awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Click here for details of this partnership are available

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Dr Madhav Chavan, founder of Pratham Education Foundation was awarded the WISE 2012 award. The WISE prize was launched in 2009 by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science & Community Development. The annual event is an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative thinking, debate & purposeful action. Watch a video of Dr Chavan's acceptance speech.

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A part of the PAISA study is carried out in the ASER survey every year. Get ASER data and more information on school funds in the PAISA 2012 Report here.

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How far have we come in meeting the desired RTE outcomes as proposed by the government by 2013? ASER Centre put together a report using ASER findings between 2010 and 2012. Read the comprehensive report here.

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Year on year, ASER Centre works to empower its team members in research, statistics and communication skills through courses and workshops. Nandita Banerji, a member of our Capacity Building unit writes about this year's course workshop in May. 

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How can we empower the School Management Committee? Q & A with Dr Rukmini Banerji. Watch the video here.

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The Annual Status of Education Report (Rural), 2012 was released on January 17, 2013 by the honourable Minister of Human Resource Development, Dr Mangapati Pallam Raju at the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library in New Delhi. Watch a video of the minister's address here. Read the full report here (English).

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For the first time ever, teams from all seven countries where ASER-like assessments are done met for a three-day family reunion in Naivasha, Kenya, to share experiences and plan for future collaborations. More

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ASER 2013 RECAP: AN OVERVIEW

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ASER's ninth national release is scheduled for January 15, 2014. Here is an overview of the process. 

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Good luck! Every year ASER is conducted by more than 25,000 volunteers across the country. Dr Madhav Chavan, CEO Pratham, and Dr Rukmini Banerji, Director ASER Centre, had brief messages for them. Watch Dr Chavan and Dr Banerji on YouTube.

National Workshop. Every year, ASER kicks off with the National Workshop where the entire ASER team gets together to review and practice all tools and procedures as well as plan the ASER calendar and logistics for each state. This year the National Workshop brought together over 120 people at Parivartan Parisar in Siwan, Bihar, from August 1-5. See a photo essay about the National Workshop here.

Coverage.  ASER 2013 aims to reach 562 rural districts across 29 Indian states and union territories. In each district, 30 villages have been selected from the Census 2001 village directory using the Probability Proportional to Size (PPS) methodology. In each village, 20 households are randomly selected. Keep track of the survey's progress here. Read more about sampling in ASER here.

Survey content. This year, as every year, schooling information will be recorded for all children in the age group 3-16 who are resident in sampled households. Children aged 5-16 will be tested in basic reading and basic arithmetic, and some information about the household will be collected. In each sampled village, the largest government school with primary classes will be visited and information about infrastructure, enrolment, and attendance will be collected. Download  the ASER 2013 instruction manual in English / Hindi. View/download ASER reading and math testing tools here

Partners.  This year, like every year, about 500 institutions and organizations will partner with ASER to conduct the survey in their own districts. A special feature this year is the participation of 175 DIETs in 8 states. See a list of participating DIETs here.

ASER 2013 stories. From village volunteers to visitors from other countries, anyone who has ever done ASER returns with new insights about the communities they visited and the power of the ASER process to engage all sorts of people in thinking about learning. As ASER 2013 rolls out, people across the country share stories of people and places, experiences and responses. Read ASER 2013 stories on the ASER Centre blog. See the best photos from every state of ASER 2013 in the field on Flickr

National Release. The ASER 2013 was released on January 15, 2014 by Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission at India International Centre, New Delhi. Watch the full ASER 2013 National Report release function. 

The ASER pledge. This year, people all across the country took a solemn pledge to conduct ASER with sincerity and honesty. The pledge was translated into all major Indian languages and was an important part of every ASER training workshop. Watch members of the ASER team take the pledge here.