The Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA), administered individually in about 15 minutes, measures the most basic foundation skills for literacy acquisition in the early grades. The assessment was developed by the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) through funding provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Bank (Gove & Wetterberg, 2011), in addition to resources provided by RTI. The EGRA was developed to provide a battery of assessments of basic reading skills for developing countries to monitor the status of early reading in primary schools. The assessment tool was first implemented in The Gambia and Senegal in 2007 (Gove & Wetterberg, 2011). Since then, the reading assessment methodology has been adapted for use in more than 60 countries, in 100 languages, as of March 2014.
ACER (March 2014). The Early Grade Reading Assessment: Assessing children's acquisition of basic literacy skills in developing countries. Assessment GEMs no.2. Melbourne: ACER
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Australian Council for Educational Research