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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 2014: RECAP 

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The Tenth Annual Status of Education Report - ASER 2014

ASER 2014, the tenth Annual Status of Education Report, was flagged off with a six-day National workshop in Aurangabad, Maharashtra from August 1 to 6, 2014. Well over a hundred people comprising ASER teams from Delhi and all 28 states as well as special guests came together to kick start this enormous citizen-led survey through classroom sessions, field visits, and mock trainings on the survey process.                               .

To mark the ten-year milestone, the National Workshop included an “Innovation Mela” in which state teams showcased some of the many great ideas that they have thought of and implemented in the past in order to improve survey management and planning. The best innovations were selected based on four main parameters: usefulness, scalability, cost effectiveness, and ease of implementation. The Mela worked as a platform for every participating member to learn more about effective management of large-scale surveys; all state teams were encouraged to adopt the winning ideas.

The National Workshop was followed by state-level workshops in every state and district-level workshops in 577 rural districts in the country where volunteers from partner organizations were trained to conduct the survey. Following the district-level workshops, the survey was conducted in 30 randomly selected villages in each of the 577 districts. About 250 District Institutes of Education and Training partnered with us to conduct ASER 2014. The survey  took about 100 days to complete with field work coming to a close on December 20, 2014. 

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The ASER team continues to work tirelessly towards the National report release on January 13, 2015 in New Delhi. 

Read our stories from the field here. Stay tuned as we continue to bring you updates on the 10th year of ASER!

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Well wishers send their best for the team behind ASER 2014. Click here to read the messages.

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Help Support the ASER effort

Donate now to support ASER 2014 (scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on 'Help Support the ASER Survey').                       Support ASER in a village or a district :  INR  |  GBP  |  USD

ASER 2014: RECAP

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ASER 2014 National Release event: January 15, 2015

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Ajay Piramal, Pratham Education Foundation

Baela Raza Jamil, ITA-Pakistan

Dinyar Devitre, Pratham USA

Rukmini Banerji, ASER Centre

Yamini Aiyar, Accountability Initiative

Sara Ruto, Uwezo, East Africa

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ASER 2014 report release events

Conversation on Solutions to the Learning Crisis between Abhijit Banerjee, JPAL- MIT, Madhav Chavan, Pratham, and Yamini Aiyar, Accountability Initiative

Day 2 : Panel Discussion on Citizen-led, Household-based Assessment with representatives from Pakistan, Kenya, Senegal, Mali, Nigeria and Mexico

Day 2 : Panel Discussion on Looking Back, Looking Ahead - International Perspectives with representatives from Pratham, Hewlett Foundation, UNESCO and Harvard Kennedy School

Check out a selection of photos from the two-day event here

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What did ASER 2014 find out? Watch a video of the national findings here

Check out a new series of blog posts featuring ASER voices and reflections

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ASER 2014: RECAP 

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ASER 2014 Pledge

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"I, as a citizen of India, have decided to volunteer for the Annual Status of Education Report 2014.  This effort aims to engage citizens and the government in the process of ensuring quality education for the children of this country.  

For the past 9 years, volunteers like me have traveled to the farthest districts and reached the remotest villages.  We have gone from Kashmir to Kerala and from Gujarat to Arunachal, to conduct this survey and collect information with utmost sincerity.

Today, along with 30,000 volunteers across India, I am going to be a part of the largest citizen-led survey of India.  I pledge to carry forward the honest work and vision of those who have come before me and become an example for those who will follow me in the years to come.  

I understand the importance of recording only correct information in the survey sheets and pledge to do so with complete honesty.  Under no circumstances will I avoid my responsibilities during the course of the survey.  I pledge to uphold the integrity of the important role this movement has entrusted in me and play my part in building a better India."

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ASER 2013 RECAP

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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.