Although basic literacy is known to be key to economic and social development for individuals and societies, between 25 and 75 percent of children in developing nations are unable to read at grade level. As governments, international aid organizations, and others work to address this global challenge, one of the fundamental components of any education strategy is the need to accurately assess reading grade levels. At this forum, a group of leading international education experts will discuss progress made and remaining challenges associated with improving literacy in developing countries.
Following the discussion, RTI will provide a hands-on demonstration of Tangerine™, an open source data collection software developed by RTI using internal funds. Designed for mobile devices, it records student responses to early grade reading and mathematics assessments and background questionnaires. For more information: www.tangerinecentral.org.
Alastair Rodd, Senior Education Analyst, RTI International
Amber Gove, PhD, Team Leader of the Teaching and Learning Group, RTI International
Benjamin Piper, EdD, Chief of Party, Kenya-PRIMR and Senior Education Research Analyst, RTI International
Daniel A. Wagner, PhD, UNESCO Chair in Learning and Literacy; Professor, Graduate School of Education; Director, International Literacy Institute and International Educational Development Program, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
Rebecca Winthrop, PhD, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Universal Education, The Brookings Institution