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BR-T1518 : Development of a toolkit for assessment and digitalization of early literacy content.

Project Status: Implementation

The objective of the Technical Cooperation (TC) is to strengthen the tools of the Let´s all learn to read1 program. This will include a reading fluency and accuracy assessment instrument and a hybrid course for literacy training. Background. Brazil stands out in LAC for having a national literacy policy that highlights the importance of this process in the initial years of primary education. Proof of this are the results in the Estudio Regional Comparativo y Explicativo (ERCE) 2019 tests where 57% of the students in the fourth year of primary school achieved the expected learning in the reading test. Minister Milton Ribeiro expressed the following regarding the test results: "Our results in the 4th grade are among the best and we will improve even more, since literacy is one of the priorities of this administration." Despite this achievement, the same results show that four out of ten students in 4th grade are not literate, showing that there is still a way to go. Additionally, after two years of school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic and no national evaluations that indicate student performance, it is likely that progress has suffered a setback in learning in reading that will have lasting consequences in the academic performance of students. The early years of learning to read are critical to later academic success. To support the Brazilian government in its objective of increasing the percentage of literate students at the appropriate age (end of 3rd grade of Ensino Fundamental 1), at the request of the National Education Council (CNE), the IDB allocated resources from Improvement of Efficiency and Service Delivery of Education in Brazil in times of COVID19, (BR- T1447) to the adaptation of the materials of the Let's All Learn to Read program in Portuguese. During the process of adapting materials, it was identified that the program did not have a teacher training component or an evaluation instrument to measure the progress of students during their school career, which are cornerstones to offer the educational system a comprehensive program. That is why, at the beginning of 2022, we received a new request from the CNE to continue developing the components of the Let's all learn to read program with a view to responding effectively to the needs of the educational system. The teaching of initial reading and writing, due to the age of the children, the availability of resources and the nature of the process, in addition to the digital gaps, the lack of teacher training to teach remotely, and the inequalities in the homes for supporting children pose additional challenges. A successful distance education requires the development of digital and printed teaching materials, as well as evaluation instruments and distance teacher training. Likewise, evaluation instruments are required to measure the learning levels of students in distance modalities. Additionally, it is necessary to adapt and prepare materials for the eventual return to classes, either in person or in hybrid modalities.

Project Detail

Project Number
BR-T1518
Approval date
July 14, 2022
Project Country
Brazil
Project Sector
EDUCATION
Project Subsector
LITERACY & NUMERACY
Project Type
Technical Cooperation
Project Lending Type
SG
Project Modality
Project Facility Type
Project Status
Implementation
Operation Number
ATN/OC-19352-BR

Financial Information

Project Number
BR-T1518
Project Status
Implementation

IDB Financing

Financing type
TCN
Fund
Ordinary Capital
Reporting currency
USD - United States Dollar
Reporting date
Dec/06/2022

Roles & Responsibilities

Contract signature date
Jul/14/2022

Project Information

Total Cost
USD 300,000
Country counterpart financing
USD 0
Amount
USD 300,000

Preparation

Title
Type
Project Number
Date Published
TC Abstract
BR-T1518
April 19, 2022

Approved

Title
Type
Project Number
Date Published
TC Document
BR-T1518
July 15, 2022
TC Document
BR-T1518
July 15, 2022
TC Document
BR-T1518
July 15, 2022
TC Document
BR-T1518
July 15, 2022