In the Technology for Education Systems Transformation project (TEST) project, World Education developed, tested, and implemented a digitized and automated early-grade reading assessment. The benchmarks and assessments used for the TEST app were developed under the Total Reading Approach for Children (TRAC) project and have been formally endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS). These early grade reading benchmarks have now been adopted as National Reading Standards. The TEST project worked with over 2,000 students and 57 teachers to develop the app, optimize its usability and support the TEST app’s scaling up at an additional 100 schools across Cambodia under the TRAC and TRAC+ projects.
The TEST app improves upon the previous pencil-and-paper version of the TRAC assessments by increasing uniformity in test administration, reducing scoring error and bias, and automatically compiling student score data to quickly identify struggling students. These improvements also promote teacher understanding and use of the Continuous Assessment System as a diagnostic tool for student learning, while at the same time facilitating teacher and student use and understanding of technology in the classroom. TEST was supported by DAI through their Development Innovations Project, which is funded by USAID. Check out a photo essay about World Education’s work under the TEST project: Learning to Read.