Assess Reading Early to Inform Instruction, Improve Quality, and Realize Possibilities
Gove, A. K., & Dubeck, M. M. (2016). Assess Reading Early to Inform Instruction, Improve Quality, and Realize Possibilities. In Annual Review of Comparative and International Education 2016: International Perspectives on Education and Society (Vol. 30, pp. 81-88). Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-367920160000030007
In the more than quarter century since commitments were made under Education for All, low- and middle-income countries have made considerable progress in ensuring that more students are enrolled in and completing primary schooling. However, despite lofty promises to improve literacy and numeracy for all, UNESCO estimates that more than 250 million children are not learning the basics. Currently, a limited number of practitioners and policy makers have access to information on how well students are learning to read and perform basic math. As access to technology and globalization continues to expand, we expect increased demand for and democratization of information on student learning, particularly in the Global South.
This chapter describes the influence of reading assessments at the child level on the focus on quality education in low-resourced contexts. Over the past decade, child-level assessment data have contributed to modifications in classroom instruction, teacher support, community engagement, and language policy. These data have led to the refinement of additional child-level and classroom-based assessments to inform and reflect context. Ultimately, the initial questions about child-level learning have facilitated successive improvements in understanding and bettering the results. This chapter suggests a prospective direction that the international education community should take to continue improving child outcomes.