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This report examines the results of a learner background survey and reading assessment conducted in September 2012 through January 2013. The survey and reading assessment covered 261 grade 2 learners throughout 14 schools in the Baglung area of Nepal. The 14 schools are split into 7 primary schools designated to receive Literacy Boost and 7 comparison primary schools receiving no intervention.
The Literacy Boost program includes teacher training, community reading activities, and age-appropriate local language material creation to support emergent literacy skills among early-grade children. These skills include concepts about print, letter awareness, single word reading of most used words, reading fluency, reading accuracy, and reading comprehension.
As part of Literacy Boost, learners are periodically assessed in each of these skills through an adaptable assessment tool to inform programming and estimate program impact. The data gathered from these schools is analyzed to present a snapshot of the emergent literacy skills of grade 2 learners in these schools and to inform the adaptation of SC’s Literacy Boost program to this context.