There is an increasing amount of learning assessments taking place at the community level and led by parents. These assessments are now being carried out in India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Mali. The most well known is the Annual Status Education Report (ASER) carried out and supported by Pratham in India.
Marguerite Clarke of the World Bank has recently written an excellent blog on <a href="http://blogs.worldbank singulair tablet.org/education/are-citizen-led-assessments-raising-learning-levels” onclick=”__gaTracker(‘send’, ‘event’, ‘outbound-article’, ‘http://blogs.worldbank.org/education/are-citizen-led-assessments-raising-learning-levels’, ‘citizen-led assessments’);”>citizen-led assessments. In addition, there is a very recent report from Results for Development on the same topic, Bringing Learning to Light. The assessments test a limited set of competencies in reading and mathematics and the instruments yield valid results. Broadening the tools to assess a broader range of skills would allow the assessments to better inform policy and practice.