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Proposing Benchmarks for Early Grade Reading Skills in Liberia

From 2008, beginning with EGRA+ and continuing under the Liberia Teacher Training Program (LTTP), USAID has supported improved early grade reading in Liberia. Since its inception, the LTTP supported intervention to improve early grade reading is being implemented in 1,200 schools. The most recent analysis of that program’s impact (based on a reading assessment conducted towards the end of the 2012-13 school year) showed that, on average, children in grades 1 through 3 in participating schools significantly improved their achievement in all the reading skills tested. From 2011 to 2013, grade 1 students on average almost tripled their ability to read familiar words, more than tripled their decoding skills, and were able to read text more than one-and-a-half times more fluently. Grade 2 and 3 students on average were 10 times better at decoding and had almost three times higher oral reading fluency than before the program. On average, students in all grades improved their listening and reading comprehension.

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Thursday, December 31, 2015
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