EGRA [Earlier Grade Reading Assessment]

Earlier Grade Reading Assessment [EGRA]

 Program Title:  EGRA Training for the Teachers

Program Summary Concept:  Training of teachers to use EGRA effectively

 What is EGRA?

As the name indicates it is an assessment tool or method to assess reading ability for early grade children. It includes most basic foundation skills for literacy and measures such as:

  • Recognizing letters of the alphabet,
  • Reading simple words,
  • Understanding sentences and paragraphs and
  • Listening with comprehension
  • timed, 1-minute assessments of letter naming
  • nonsense and familiar words
  • Paragraph reading and
  • Comprehension skills

 The Expected Outcomes:

  1. Assessment of improvable areas of children in reading
  2. Ability to group children with similar areas and to devise methods to improve their particular reading abilities
  3. Assessment as a prediction of their future success in academics
  4. Improvement measures can be addressed before it is too late.
  5. The reading habits will be developed through improvements in reading skills and abilities of children
  6. An essential tool when combined with training for library resources

 Who designed EGRA?

  • EdData II developed the EGRA methodology and has applied it in 11 countries and 19 languages. It has been adopted and used by other implementing partners in more than 30 other countries and more than 60 other languages.
  • EdData II, sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), provides survey expertise to help national and local governments as well as the donor community to assess education status. Project advisors collaborate with USAID Missions, other donors, and stakeholders to find innovative and costeffective ways to gather and analyze education data
  • The test components are based on recommendations made by an international panel of reading and testing experts.

 How is EGRA conducted?

  1. EGRA is designed as a simple, inexpensive tool for diagnosing progress of a child in reading.
  2. The results can be used to identify schools and children with particular needs and later teaching and learning approaches can be designed to improve the skills highlighted which need improvement.

 EGRA Previously Tested and Used: 

  1. EGRA has been applied in over forty countries in a range of languages.
  2. Different regions or countries have come up with different reading ability data for earlier grade children.


The purpose of this activity is to train teachers to use EGRA tool to assess children and to acknowledge their areas of improvement. The activity can be conducted in groups ranging from participant size 20 to 25

 The following tools and techniques will be used during the training activity:

  1. Lecturing
  2. Explaining the EGRA tool
  3. Demonstrations (physical live demonstrations by trainer to show how to use the EGRA tool)
  4. Audio Visual aids like showing video clips for using EGRA tool
  5. Drama and Role Plays involving participants
  6. Interactive discussions
  7. Question Answering (a single question raised and audience asked to answer or comment).
  8. Mental and brain exercises to refresh minds
  9. Group exercises

The purpose of using a range of activities as methodology is to address various personal learning styles of adult participants.

 Who should attend? Teachers, Librarians, Principals, Educational psychologists etc

Duration:  08 hours (including breaks for tea, lunch, prayer etc) x 3 days

Training Fee:  To be disclosed upon further interest and negotiation, usually charged as per person.