Writing assessment in early grades of primary school (EGWA)

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Writing skills are an integral part of basic literacy skills, but tools for assessing such skills have been less developed, compared to those for reading and numeracy skills in early-grade. In collaboration with partners, UNESCO has been working in the area of writing assessment in early grades of primary school (EGWA).

UNESCO works in this area, and is follow up of the Expert Meeting on Formative Assessment of Writing in Early Grades of Primary School organized jointly by UNESCO and the University of La Laguna (Spain) on 19-20 January 2012, with the support of the Russian Federation, the Consejería de Educación, Universidades y Sostenibilidad from Canarian Government, the Ministry of Science and Innovation from Spain, the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and Cabildo Insular de Tenerife. During this meeting, the draft report on EGWA as well as the draft instrument for EGWA were presented for discussion. 

This work on EGWA derives from the Learning Counts initiative launched by UNESCO in October 2008, following the Education for All-Fast Track Initiative (current Global Partnership for Education) Partnership Meeting held in Cairo (November 2006) which agreed to work further on quality of education, focusing on learning outcomes. The UNESCO-led International Working Group on Assessing and Improving Quality Learning established with leading international experts recommended in March 2009 to “improve their assessments earlier in the cycle (say, grade 2 or 3), but with a more formative, instruction-oriented purpose, and with less interest in international reporting, internationally comparable data”.

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