Introduction: Today in rural Sindh, many assessment tests in private and government schools are being conducted to analyze a student's progress. The ministries of education are working everyday through assessments to ensure accessible learning standards for children. A number of common assessment tests used by the government and private institutions in Sindh are, ASER (Annual Status Of Education Report), Sindh Student Achievement Test, Diagnostic Assessment, and EGRA (Early Grade Reading Assessment) for young learners.
Something New: A newly developed international test named Tangerine, is going to take place in the PEP schools, rural Sindh where children for the first time are going to be entirely assessed through digital system.
This digital assessment app is being used across the globe for measuring children's progress. It is developed by the RTI International and has been used in countries including India, Uganda. Ghana, Nigeria and Bangladesh.
Tangerine assessment is an excellent initiative for the schools of Primary Education Project as the local teachers and school management committee will learn an easy way to conduct tests within a small amount of time and gathering quality data.
Tangerine App Features:
Tangerine is easy to use and compatible with a number of mobile devices and local languages. The application uses open source software libraries and requires limited internet access only when saving assessments and uploading results to the server.
In addition to measuring students' reading and math skills, Tangerine can be used for questionnaires and surveys for students, parents, teachers, and principals as well as school and classroom inventories.
Tangerine maximizes cost efficiency by saving paper, field work, and time and is equipped with validation and quality assurance features so assessors can concentrate more on the results and less on the data collection process.
Tangerine provides consistent and reliable data with fewer measurement and data errors normally caused by human error. Test scoring and reporting take a fraction of the time so schools and policymakers can have immediate access to the data and respond effectively to the needs of their students.
This test is conducted through the Android Tablet which saves papers and time as well. The Tangerine test will be conducted in 5 schools where PEP is initiating the E-Learning to measure the impact of promoting E-learning system. The names of the schools where Tangerine assessment is to be implemented:
Wasto Bheel Primary School.
Jhalo Jamadar Primary School.
St. Mary Elementary School.
Abdul Jabar Brohi Primary School.
Okaf Khatoo Primary School.