Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2017 Released

Published on January 19, 2018
The Annual Status of Education Report 2017 carried out by NGO Pratham was released in New Delhi.
Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2017 released
  • Most 14-18-year-olds are in the formal education system with only 14.4% not currently enrolled in school or college.
  • While 60% of the youth want to study beyond class 12, about 25% of those couldn’t read basis text fluently and 57% could not divide a 3 digit number by a single digit.
  • Fourteen percent of rural youth in the age group of 14-18 failed to identify the map of India.
  • 36% of those surveyed did not know that Delhi is the capital of India.
  • Only 79% answered the question ‘Which State do you live in?’ and only 42 % could point to their home State on the map.
  • Unlike earlier surveys for the 5-16 age group, ASER 2017 surveyed on 14 to 18-year-olds who have completed elementary school.

About Annual Status of Education Report (ASER)

  • ASER Centre was established in 2008 as an autonomous assessment, survey, evaluation and research unit within the Pratham network.
  • ASER Centre seeks to use simple yet rigorous methods to generate evidence on the scale on the outcomes of social sector programs.
  • It also aims to strengthen the link between evidence and action by building the capacity of individuals and institutions to design, conduct, and understand assessments that focus on key outcome indicators.
  • ASER is a household-based survey rather than a school-based survey enables ASER to generate estimates of schooling and basic learning for all children, rather than only those enrolled in government schools and present on the day of the assessment.
  • ASER has been conducted every year since 2005 in all the rural districts of India.
  • It is the largest citizen led the survey in India and the only annual source of information regarding children’s learning outcomes in India.

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